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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

August 29, 2017

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<b><i>New York Times</i> Best Seller<br /><br />How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.</b><br />  <br /> How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?<br />  <br /> What sort of future do <i>you</i> want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.
The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing,...
by , William T. FitzGerald

Language

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>
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>
Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration of Elements, Molecules, and...
by Theodore Gray

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English

Pages

212

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b>The long-awaited third installment in Theodore Gray's iconic "Elements" trilogy. The first two titles, <i>Elements</i> and <i>Molecules</i>, have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. </b><i><br /></i><br />With <i>Reactions</i> bestselling author Theodore Gray continues the journey through our molecular and chemical world that began with the tour de force<i> The Elements</i> and continued with <i>Molecules</i>. In <i>The Elements,</i> Gray gave us a never-before-seen, mesmerizing photographic view of the 118 elements in the periodic table. In <i>Molecules</i>, with the same phenomenal photographic acumen, plus beautifully rendered computer generated graphics, he showed us how the elements combine to form the content that makes up our universe, from table salt to oxygen to the panoply of colors and smells that surround us. <div>At last, we've reached <i>Reactions,</i> in which Gray once again puts his photography and storytelling to work demonstrating how molecules interact in ways that are essential to our very existence. The book begins with a brief recap of elements and molecules and then goes on to explain important concepts the characterize a chemical reaction, including Energy, Entropy, and Time. It is then organized by type of reaction including chapters such as "Fantastic Reactions and Where to Find Them," "On the Origin of Light and Color," "The Boring Chapter," in which we learn about reactions such as paint drying, grass growing, and water boiling, and "The Need for Speed," including topics such as weather, ignition, and fire.</div> <div><br /></div>
Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search f...
by Jim Baggott

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

August 06, 2013

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<DIV><DIV><B>From acclaimed science author Jim Baggot, a lively, provocative, and “intellectually gratifying” critique of modern theoretical physics (<I>The Economist).</I></B><BR />  <BR /> Where does one draw the line between solid science and fairy-tale physics? Jim Baggott argues that there is no observational or experimental evidence for many of the ideas of modern theoretical physics: super-symmetric particles, super strings, the multiverse, the holographic principle, or the anthropic cosmological principle.<BR /> Unafraid to challenge prominent theorists,
Baggott offers engaging portraits of many central figures of modern physics, including Stephen Hawking, Paul Davies, John D. Barrow, Brian Greene, and Leonard Susskind. Informed, comprehensive, and balanced, <I>Farewell to Reality</I> discusses the latest ideas about the nature of physical reality while clearly distinguishing between fact and fantasy, providing essential and entertaining reading for everyone interested in what we know and don’t know about the nature of the universe and reality itself.<BR />  </DIV></DIV>
Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches, Second Editio...
by Simon Monk

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English

Pages

191

Publication Date

June 29, 2016

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<p><strong>A fully updated guide to quickly and easily programming Arduino</strong></p> <p>Thoroughly revised for the new Arduino Uno R3, this bestselling guide explains how to write well-crafted sketches using Arduino’s modified C language. You will learn how to configure hardware and software, develop your own sketches, work with built-in and custom Arduino libraries, and explore the Internet of Things—all with no prior programming experience required!</p> <p>Electronics guru Simon Monk gets you up to speed quickly, teaching all concepts and syntax through simple language and clear instruction designed for absolute beginners. <em>Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches</em>, Second Edition, features dozens of easy-to-follow examples and high-quality illustrations. All of the sample sketches featured in the book can be used as-is or modified to suit your needs.</p> <ul><li>An all-new chapter teaches programming Arduino for Internet of Things projects</li> <li>Screenshots, diagrams, and source code illustrate each technique</li> <li>All sample programs in the book are available for download</li> </ul>
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.
Linear Regression And Correlation: A Beginner's Guide
by Scott Hartshorn

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English

Pages

213

Publication Date

June 08, 2017

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<p><strong>Linear Regression & Correlation</strong></p><p><strong>If you are looking for a short beginners guide packed with visual examples, this book is for you.</strong></p><p>Linear Regression is a way of simplifying a group of data into a single equation.  For instance, we all know Moore’s law: that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles every two years. This law was derived by using regression analysis to simplify the progress of dozens of computer manufacturers over the course of decades into a single equation.   Correlation is a way of calculating how much two sets of numbers change together.  In addition to being part of the regression analysis, correlation is heavily used in investment industries, for instance, to determine if two stocks are likely to change value together or independently.</p><p>This book goes through how to calculate correlation and linear regression and works through multiple examples of how to do it.  Just as importantly, this book is loaded with visual examples of what correlation is and how to use linear regression. This book doesn't assume that you have prior in-depth knowledge of statistics or that you regularly use an advanced statistics software package.  If you know what an average is and can use Excel, this book will build the rest of the knowledge, and do so in an intuitive way. </p><p><br /></p><p><strong>This Is Not A Textbook</strong></p><p>The reason I wrote this book is that there are not a lot of good examples out there of how to do multiple regression, which is regression analysis between more than two variables.  I checked half a dozen different sources, including several textbooks, on how to do multiple regression. In each case, the source had a lot of information; in some cases dozens of pages; on how to do the data preparation,  how to interpret results, and potential problems to watch out for, but to actually do the multiple regression calculation, they all said to use a software package, like Matlab or Minitab.</p><p>To put it a different way, those sources are a lot like a driver’s education class teaching you about setting the mirrors, adjusting the seat, and fastening the safety belt - but just when you think you are finally ready to actually start the car and put it in gear, they tell you to take the bus.</p><p>This book is different. It does not spend much time on the niceties of exactly how you should scrub your data, and instead just shows how to do the calculations, with examples.  This book is more like Grandpa showing you how to actually drive the old pickup truck from the farmhouse to the barn so you can get some work done.</p><p><br /></p><p><strong>What Is In This Book?</strong></p><p>There are a number of examples shown in this book, they include</p><ul><li>How to do a correlation calculation</li><li>An example of correlation on the stock price of 10 different big-name stocks, such as Coke and Pepsi</li><li>How having uncorrelated investments can give you better returns at lower risk.</li><li>How to do linear regression with two variables</li><li>How to do multiple linear regression with any number of independent variables</li><li>A regression analysis to predict the number of viewers in future episodes of the television show ‘Modern Family’</li><li>How to evaluate the quality of your regression analysis using R-squared or adjusted R-squared</li><li>How to do regression on exponential data, and recreate Moore’s law</li></ul><p><br /></p><p>If you are a visual learner and like to learn by example, this intuitive book might be a good fit for you. Regression and Correlation are fascinating topics. They are very important tools that are used in data analysis throughout a wide-range of industries - so take an easy dive into the topic with this visual approach!</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>
We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World
by Mark Stevenson

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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<p>An acclaimed futurist visits people around the world who are solving the planet's biggest problems by innovative means.</p><br /><p>Our systems are failing. Old models—for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply—are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it's clear we need new approaches. In <em>We Do Things Differently</em>, historian and futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.</p><br /><p>From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England's home counties, Mark Stevenson travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.</p><br /><p>Populated by extraordinary characters—including Detroit citizens who created new jobs and promoted healthy eating by building greenhouses, an Austrian mayor who built a new biomass plant using the by-product of a local flooring company, and an Indian doctor who crowdsourced his research and published his findings online—<em>We Do Things Differently</em> paints a riveting picture of what can be done to address the world’s most pressing dilemmas, offering a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.</p>
Ripples in Spacetime: Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Futu...
by Govert Schilling

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English

Pages

345

Publication Date

July 31, 2017

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The detection of gravitational waves—ripples in spacetime—has already been called the scientific coup of this century. Govert Schilling recounts the struggles that threatened to derail the quest and describes the detector’s astounding precision, weaving far-reaching discoveries about the universe into a gripping story of ambition and perseverance.

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