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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.
Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portra...
by Albert Einstein

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English

Pages

286

Publication Date

March 14, 2011

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<DIV><P><B>An inspiring collection of essays, in which Albert Einstein addresses the topics that fascinated him as a scientist, philosopher, and humanitarian</B><BR /><BR /> Divided by subject matter—“Science,” “Convictions and Beliefs,” “Public Affairs,” etc.—these essays consider everything from the need for a “supranational” governing body to control war in the atomic age to freedom in research and education to Jewish history and Zionism to explanations of the physics and scientific thought that brought Albert Einstein world recognition. Throughout, Einstein’s clear, eloquent voice presents an idealist’s vision and relays complex theories to the layperson.<BR /><BR /> Einstein’s essays share his philosophical beliefs, scientific reasoning, and hopes for a brighter future, and show how one of the greatest minds of all time fully engaged with the changing world around him.<BR /><BR /> This authorized ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.</P></DIV><BR />
The Genius Who Never Existed and other Short Stories from Science...
by Saso Dolenc

Language

English

Pages

149

Publication Date

June 03, 2014

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“Each chapter in this book explains a complex problem through moving, amusing and marvellous stories. Sašo Dolenc’s recurring theme is the elusive and often eccentric nature of inspiration; but in exploring it he covers an immense variety of subjects, from meteorology to microbiology, computer technology to market theory. His readers will gain a succinct and satisfying lesson on each topic, and a sense overall of the labour, genius and luck that science demands.”<br />— John Stubbs, author of John Donne: The Reformed Soul and Reprobates: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War<br /><br /><br />“Great fun. Like Malcolm Gladwell, Dolenc writes about complicated science in a clear, accessible way that entertains and educates. The smarter and better the writer, the clearer and simpler he will make concepts that are difficult to grasp. Reading this book is a pleasure you can learn from.”<br />— Noah Charney, best-selling author of The Art Thief and Stealing the Mystic Lamb
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017 (The Best Ameri...
by , Tim Folger

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<DIV><B>“Undeniably exquisite . . . Reveal[s] not only how science actually happens but also who or what propels its immutable humanity.” —Maria Popova<BR />  <BR /> “An excellent introduction to the key issues in science today.” —P. D. Smith, <I>Guardian</I><BR />  <BR /> “[A] stellar compendium . . . Delightful to read.” —<I>Publishers Weekly, </I>starred review</B><BR /><BR /> A renowned scientist and the best-selling author of <I>Lab Girl</I>, Hope Jahren selects the year's top science and nature writing from writers who balance research with humanity and in the process uncover riveting stories of discovery across disciplines.</DIV>
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Bril...
by , Matthew Sands

Language

English

Pages

180

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<div>The six easiest chapters from Feynman's landmark work, <I>Lectures on Physics</I>-- specifically designed for the general, non-scientist reader.</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>
Everything All at Once: How to unleash your inner nerd, tap into ...
by , Corey S. Powell

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

July 11, 2017

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<p><b>In the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Everything All at Once,</i> Bill Nye shows you how thinking like a nerd is the key to changing yourself and the world around you.</b></p><p>Everyone has an inner nerd just <i>waiting</i> to be awakened by the right passion. In <i>Everything All at Once,</i> Bill Nye will help you find yours. With his call to arms, he wants you to examine every detail of the most difficult problems that look unsolvable--that is, until you find the solution. Bill shows you how to develop critical thinking skills and create change, using his "everything all at once" approach that leaves no stone unturned.</p><p>Whether addressing climate change, the future of our society as a whole, or personal success, or stripping away the mystery of fire walking, there are certain strategies that get results: looking at the world with relentless curiosity, being driven by a desire for a better future, and being willing to take the actions needed to make change happen. He shares how he came to create this approach--starting with his Boy Scout training (it turns out that a practical understanding of science and engineering is immensely helpful in a capsizing canoe) and moving through the lessons he learned as a full-time engineer at Boeing, a stand-up comedian, CEO of The Planetary Society, and, of course, as <i>Bill Nye The Science Guy.</i></p><p>This is the story of how Bill Nye became Bill Nye and how he became a champion of change and an advocate of science. It's how he became The Science Guy. Bill teaches us that we have the power to make real change. Join him in dare we say it <i>changing the world.</i></p>
The Man Who Counted Infinity and Other Short Stories from Science...
by Saso Dolenc

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

May 24, 2012

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Albert Einstein once said: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” This is the guiding spirit of the books in this series of “Short stories from science, history and philosophy”. The objective here is to explain science in a simple, attractive and fun form that is open to all.<br /><br />The first axiom of this approach was set out as follows: “We believe in the magic of science. We hope to show you that science is not a secret art, accessible only to a dedicated few. It involves learning about nature and society, and aspects of our existence which affect us all, and which we should all therefore have the chance to understand. We shall interpret science for those who might not speak its language fluently, but want to understand its meaning. We don’t teach, we just tell stories about the beginnings of science, the natural phenomena and the underlying principles through which they occur, and the lives of the people who discovered them.”<br /><br />The aim of the writings collected in this series is to present some key scientific events, ideas and personalities in the form of short stories that are easy and fun to read. Scientific and philosophical concepts are explained in a way that anyone may understand. Each story may be read separately, but at the same time they all band together to form a wide-ranging introduction to the history of science and areas of contemporary scientific research, as well as some of the recurring problems science has encountered in history and the philosophical dilemmas it raises today.<br /><br />Review<br /><br />“If I were the only survivor on a remote island and all I had with me were this book, a Swiss army knife and a bottle, I would throw the bottle into the sea with the note: ‘Don’t worry, I have everything I need.’”<br />— Ciril Horjak, alias Dr. Horowitz, a comic artist<br /><br />“The writing is understandable, but never simplistic. Instructive, but never patronizing. Straightforward, but never trivial. In-depth, but never too intense.”<br />— Ali Žerdin, editor at Delo, the main Slovenian newspaper<br /><br />“Does science think? Heidegger once answered this question with a decisive No. The writings on modern science skillfully penned by Sašo Dolenc, these small stories about big stories, quickly convince us that the contrary is true. Not only does science think in hundreds of unexpected ways, its intellectual challenges and insights are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and entertainment. The clarity of thought and the lucidity of its style make this book accessible to anyone … in the finest tradition of popularizing science, its achievements, dilemmas and predicaments.”<br />— Mladen Dolar, philosopher and author of A Voice and Nothing More<br /><br />“Sašo Dolenc is undoubtedly one of our most successful authors in the field of popular science, possessing the ability to explain complex scientific achievements to a broader audience in a clear and captivating way while remaining precise and scientific. His collection of articles is of particular importance because it encompasses all areas of modern science in an unassuming, almost light-hearted manner.”<br />— Boštjan Žekš, physicist and former president of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks
by Ben Goldacre

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

October 12, 2010

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<p>Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more bullshit? </p><p>Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better.</p>
Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the An...
by Univ Of Minnesota Press

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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<DIV><P>Living on a damaged planet challenges who we are and where we live. This timely anthology calls on twenty eminent humanists and scientists to revitalize curiosity, observation, and transdisciplinary conversation about life on earth.</P><P>As human-induced environmental change threatens multispecies livability, <I>Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet</I> puts forward a bold proposal: entangled histories, situated narratives, and thick descriptions offer urgent “arts of living.” Included are essays by scholars in anthropology, ecology, science studies, art, literature, and bioinformatics who posit critical and creative tools for collaborative survival in a more-than-human Anthropocene. The essays are organized around two key figures that also serve as the publication’s two openings: Ghosts, or landscapes haunted by the violences of modernity; and Monsters, or interspecies and intraspecies sociality. Ghosts and Monsters are tentacular, windy, and arboreal arts that invite readers to encounter ants, lichen, rocks, electrons, flying foxes, salmon, chestnut trees, mud volcanoes, border zones, graves, radioactive waste—in short, the wonders and terrors of an unintended epoch.</P><P>Contributors: Karen Barad, U of California, Santa Cruz; Kate Brown, U of Maryland, Baltimore; Carla Freccero, U of California, Santa Cruz; Peter Funch, Aarhus U; Scott F. Gilbert, Swarthmore College; Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford U; Donna J. Haraway, U of California, Santa Cruz; Andreas Hejnol, U of Bergen, Norway; Ursula K. Le Guin; Marianne Elisabeth Lien, U of Oslo; Andrew Mathews, U of California, Santa Cruz; Margaret McFall-Ngai, U of Hawaii, Manoa; Ingrid M. Parker, U of California, Santa Cruz; Mary Louise Pratt, NYU; Anne Pringle, U of Wisconsin, Madison; Deborah Bird Rose, U of New South Wales, Sydney; Dorion Sagan; Lesley Stern, U of California, San Diego; Jens-Christian Svenning, Aarhus U.</P></DIV>

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