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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
by Randall Munroe

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>AN INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> <b><i>“How To</i> will make you laugh as you learn…With <i>How To</i>, you can't help but appreciate the glorious complexity of our universe and the amazing breadth of humanity's effort to comprehend it. If you want some lightweight edification, you won't go wrong with <i>How To</i>.”<i> —</i>CNET</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b><b>“[<i>How To</i>] has science and jokes in it, so 10/10 can recommend.”</b> <b><i>—Simone Giertz</i></b></b><br /> <b><br /> The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the bestsellers <i>What If?</i> and <i>Thing Explainer</i></b> <br /><br />For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. <i>How To</i> is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. <br /><br />Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun. <br /><br />By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in <i>What If?</i>, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and fun illustrations, <i>How To</i> is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
Letters from an Astrophysicist
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em>.</strong></p><br /><p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world’s largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.</p><br /><p>Tyson’s 2017 bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em> offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson’s most candid and heartfelt writing yet, <em>Letters from an Astrophysicist</em> introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson’s quest to explore our place in the cosmos.</p>
A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

692

Publication Date

November 30, 2010

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<b>This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.</b><i><br /></i><br />In <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, the bestselling author of <i>A Walk in the Woods </i>and<i> The Body,</i> confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being <i>us</i>. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.<br /><br />Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson’s words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.
Human Nature
by David Berlinski

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English

Pages

329

Publication Date

November 11, 2019

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Conventional wisdom holds that the murder rate has plummeted since the Middle Ages; humankind is growing more peaceful and enlightened; man is shortly to be much improved—better genes, better neural circuits, better biochemistry; and we are approaching a technological singularity that well may usher in utopia. Human Nature eviscerates these and other doctrines of a contemporary nihilism masquerading as science. In this wide-ranging work polymath David Berlinski draws upon history, mathematics, logic, and literature to retrain our gaze on an old truth many are eager to forget: there is and will be about the human condition beauty, nobility, and moments of sublime insight, yes, but also ignorance and depravity. Men are not about to become like gods.
Everything All at Once: How to Think Like a Science Guy, Solve An...
by , Corey S. Powell

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

July 11, 2017

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<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><br /><br />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. <br /><br />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><br /><br />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>
Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries
by Lisa Sanders

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>A collection of more than fifty hard-to-crack medical quandaries, featuring the best of <i>The New York Times Magazine's </i>popular Diagnosis column—now a Netflix original series</b><br /><br /><b>“Lisa Sanders is a paragon of the modern medical detective storyteller.”—Atul Gawande, author of <i>Being Mortal</i></b><br /><br />As a Yale School of Medicine physician, the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Every Patient Tells a Story, </i>and an inspiration and adviser for the hit Fox TV drama <i>House, M.D., </i>Lisa Sanders has seen it all. And yet she is often confounded by the cases she describes in her column: unexpected collections of symptoms that she and other physicians struggle to diagnose. <br /><br />A twenty-eight-year-old man, vacationing in the Bahamas for his birthday, tries some barracuda for dinner. Hours later, he collapses on the dance floor with crippling stomach pains. A middle-aged woman returns to her doctor, after visiting two days earlier with a mild rash on the back of her hands. Now the rash has turned purple and has spread across her entire body in whiplike streaks. A young elephant trainer in a traveling circus, once head-butted by a rogue zebra, is suddenly beset with splitting headaches, as if someone were “slamming a door inside his head.”<br /><br />In each of these cases, the path to diagnosis—and treatment—is winding, sometimes frustratingly unclear. Dr. Sanders shows how making the right diagnosis requires expertise, painstaking procedure, and sometimes a little luck. Intricate, gripping, and full of twists and turns, <i>Diagnosis</i> puts readers in the doctor’s place. It lets them see what doctors see, feel the uncertainty they feel—and experience the thrill when the puzzle is finally solved.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (The Best Ameri...
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>A NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br /> Sy Montgomery, <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author and recipient of numerous awards, edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing.</b><br /><br /> “Science is important because this is how we seek to discover the truth about the world. And this is what makes excellent science and nature writing essential,” observes <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author Sy Montgomery. “Science and nature writing are how we share the truth about the universe with the people of the world.” And collected here are truths about nearly every corner of the universe. From meditations on extinction, to the search for alien life, to the prejudice that infects our medical system, the pieces in this year’s <i>Best American Science and Nature Writing </i>seek to bring to the people stories of some of the most pressing issues facing our planet, as well as moments of wonder reflecting the immense beauty our natural world offers.<br />  
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Bril...
by , Matthew Sands

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English

Pages

180

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<b>"If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be <i>Six Easy Pieces.</i>"- John Gribbin, <i>New Scientist</i></b><br />It was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. <i>Six Easy Pieces</i>, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represent the most accessible material from the series.<br />In these classic lessons, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, energy, gravitation, quantum mechanics, and the relationship of physics to other topics. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with a minimum of jargon. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, <i>Six Easy Pieces</i> is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times.
That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles: 62 All-New Commentaries on th...
by Dr. Joe Schwarcz

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

October 01, 2002

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<b>The bestselling popular science author reveals “the connections between what we teach in chemistry courses and the world in which . . . [we] live” (ChemEd X).</b><br />  <br /> Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from fiction, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners, and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to color ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in water, lead in the environment, and aspartame in food are also discussed. Mythbusters include the fact that Edison did not invent the light bulb and that walking on hot coals does not require paranormal powers. The secret life of bagels is revealed, and airbags, beer, and soap yield their mysteries. These and many more surprising, educational, and entertaining commentaries show the relevance of science to everyday life.<br />  <br /> “A delightful and informative read. Dr. Schwarcz tells it like it is, whether the subject is light at heart or as weighty as death.” —<i>The Cosmic Chemist</i><br />  <br /> “Fascinating [this book] is, thanks to the author’s lively style and contagious enthusiasm for chemistry, and his ability to make it accessible . . . connects the dots between such unlikely events as the madness of King George III and the royal fondness for sauerkraut; and between gluten, the molecular make-up of trans-fatty acids, and how the cookie crumbles.” —<i>Montreal Review of Books</i>
The Science of Superheroes: The Secrets Behind Speed, Strength, F...
by Mark Brake

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<b>Discover the scientific facts behind the abilities of your favorite superheroes!</b><br />  <br /> The concept of the superhero has permeated our culture. They fascinate fans with their incredible superhuman abilities and impressive technology. But do you ever wonder if any of it is plausible or rooted in fact?<br />  <br /> Enter <i>The Science of Superheroes</i>, which address more than fifty topics that span the worlds of your favorite superheroes and villains. Explore and examine their amazing abilities and fantastic gadgets with a detailed scientific lens.<br />  <br /> The scientific questions examined within this book include:<br />   <ul><li>Can an Iron Man suit be made?</li><li>How does Thor’s hammer work?</li><li>Could any known forms of radiation cause superpowers?</li><li>How many calories does Superman need each day?</li><li>Could you cross a Lamborghini and a Hummer to make the Batmobile Tumbler?</li><li>And many more!</li></ul>

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