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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Re...
by Steven Novella

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<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>
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

227

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • <b>“Hawking’s parting gift to humanity . . . a book every thinking person worried about humanity’s future should read.”—NPR<br /><br /></b>The world-famous cosmologist and author of <i>A Brief History of Time</i> leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.</b><br /><br /> Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.<br /><br />Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet—including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence—he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.<br /><br /> Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? ​​These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.<br /><br /> Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, <i>Brief Answers to the Big Questions</i> is a brilliant last message to the world.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Brief Answers to the Big Questions</i></b><br /><br /> “[Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> “Hawking’s final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one.”<b>—CNN</b><br /><br /> “Brisk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity.”<b><i>—The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space.”<b><i>—Quartz</i></b><br /><br /> “Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and—where it matters—witty.”<b><i>—The Guardian</i></b><br /><br /> “This beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above.”<b>—<i>The Telegraph</i></b>
Origin Story: A Big History of Everything
by David Christian

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English

Pages

325

Publication Date

May 22, 2018

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<b>"I have long been a fan of David Christian. In <i>Origin Story</i>, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative." --Bill Gates<br /><br /><i>A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future.</i></b><br /><br />Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence?<br /><br />These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In <i>Origin Story</i>, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond.<br /><br />With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, <i>Origin Story</i> boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.<br /><br />
Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science
by Carl Sagan

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

July 06, 2011

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<b>A fascinating book on the joys of discovering how the world works, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>Cosmos</i> and </b><i><b>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.</b><br /><br /></i>“Magnificent . . . Delightful . . . A masterpiece. A message of tremendous hope for humanity . . . While ever conscious that human folly can terminate man’s march into the future, Sagan nonetheless paints for us a mind-boggling future: intelligent robots, the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and above all the challenge and pursuit of the mystery of the universe.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br />“Go out and buy this book, because Carl Sagan is not only one of the world’s most respected scientists, he’s a great writer. . . . I can give a book no greater accolade than to say I’m planning on reading it again. And again. And again.”<b>—<i>The Miami Herald</i></b><br /><br />“The brilliant astronomer . . . is persuasive, provocative and readable.”<b>—<i>United Press International</i></b><br /><br />“Closely reasoned, impeccably researched, gently humorous, utterly devastating.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b>
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Pr...
by Steven Pinker

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<b><b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER <br />A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018<br />ONE OF <i>THE ECONOMIST'S</i> BOOKS OF THE YEAR<br />AND A PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT</b><br /><br /><b>"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates </b><br /><br />If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.</b><br /><br />Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.<br /><br />Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. <br /><br />With intellectual depth and literary flair, <i>Enlightenment Now</i> makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins

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English

Pages

465

Publication Date

January 16, 2008

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<DIV>A preeminent scientist—and the world's most prominent atheist—asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.<BR /><BR /> With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.</DIV>
A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You...
by Barbara Oakley

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

July 31, 2014

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<b>The companion book to COURSERA®'s wildly popular massive open online course "Learning How to Learn"</b><br /><br />Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a new skill set, <i>A Mind for Numbers</i> offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating material. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to rise in the military and to explore other careers—she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.<br />  <br /> In <i>A Mind for Numbers</i>, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to learning effectively—secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they’d known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there’s only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions—you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. The learning strategies in this book apply not only to math and science, but to any subject in which we struggle. We all have what it takes to excel in areas that don't seem to come naturally to us at first, and learning them does not have to be as painful as we might think!<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Beautiful Cure: The Revolution in Immunology and What It Mean...
by Daniel M. Davis

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

September 28, 2018

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<div><b>“Visceral.”—<i>Wall Street Journal    </i> “Illuminating.”—<i>Publishers Weekly    </i> “Heroic.”—<i>Science</i></b><br /><br /><br /><br />The immune system holds the key to human health. In <i>The Beautiful Cure</i>, leading immunologist Daniel M. Davis describes how the scientific quest to understand how the immune system works—and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age, and our state of mind—is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being.<br /><br /><br /><br />The body’s ability to fight disease and heal itself is one of the great mysteries and marvels of nature. But in recent years, painstaking research has resulted in major advances in our grasp of this breathtakingly beautiful inner world: a vast and intricate network of specialist cells, regulatory proteins, and dedicated genes that are continually protecting our bodies. Far more powerful than any medicine ever invented, the immune system plays a crucial role in our daily lives. We have found ways to harness these natural defenses to create breakthrough drugs and so-called immunotherapies that help us fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many age-related diseases, and we are starting to understand whether activities such as mindfulness might play a role in enhancing our physical resilience.<br /><br /><br /><br />Written by a researcher at the forefront of this adventure, <i>The Beautiful Cure</i> tells a dramatic story of scientific detective work and discovery, of puzzles solved and mysteries that linger, of lives sacrificed and saved. With expertise and eloquence, Davis introduces us to this revelatory new understanding of the human body and what it takes to be healthy.</div>
Accidental Medical Discoveries: How Tenacity and Pure Dumb Luck C...
by Robert W. Winters

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English

Pages

261

Publication Date

November 22, 2016

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<div>Many of the world’s most important and life-saving devices and techniques were often discovered purely by accident. Serendipity, timing, and luck played a part in the discovery of unintentional cures and breakthroughs:<BR><BR>A plastic shard in an RAF pilot’s eye leads to the use of plastic for contact lenses.<BR>The inability to remove a titanium chamber from rabbit’s bone leads to dental implants.<BR>Viagra was discovered by a group of chemists, working in the lab to find a new drug to alleviate the pain of angina pectoris.<BR>A stretch of five weeks of unusually warm weather in 1928 played a role in assisting Dr. Alexander Fleming in his analysis of bacterial growth and the discovery of penicillin.<br />After studying the effects of the venom injected by the bite of a deadly pit viper snake, chemists developed a groundbreaking drug that works to control blood pressure.<BR><BR><B><I>Accidental Medical Discoveries</B></I> is an entertaining and enlightening look at the creation of 25 medical inventions that have changed the world – unintentionally. The book is presented in a lively and engaging way, and will appeal to a wide variety of readers, from history buffs to trivia fanatics to those in the medical profession.<br /></div>
Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum P...
by Philip Ball

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 18, 2018

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<div><b>“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.”</b><br /><br /><br /><br />Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realize that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world: rather, everything is quantum. But if quantum mechanics is correct, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seem obvious or right at all—or even possible.<br /><br /><br /><br />An exhilarating tour of the contemporary quantum landscape, <i>Beyond Weird</i> is a book about what quantum physics really means—and what it doesn’t. Science writer Philip Ball offers an up-to-date, accessible account of the quest to come to grips with the most fundamental theory of physical reality, and to explain how its counterintuitive principles underpin the world we experience. Over the past decade it has become clear that quantum physics is less a theory about particles and waves, uncertainty and fuzziness, than a theory about information and knowledge—about what can be known, and how we can know it.  Discoveries and experiments over the past few decades have called into question the meanings and limits of space and time, cause and effect, and, ultimately, of knowledge itself. The quantum world Ball shows us isn’t a different world. It is our world, and if anything deserves to be called “weird,” it’s us.</div>

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