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Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To
by Dean Burnett

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

July 25, 2016

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<p><strong>"If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with a neuroscientist, have a few drinks, ask a zillion questions, and laugh until you snorted, read this book." —David McRaney, best-selling author of <em>You Are Not So Smart</em></strong></p><br /><p>The brain is an absolute marvel—the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it’s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains endlessly replay our greatest fears. <em>Idiot Brain</em> is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life—and what on earth it is really up to.</p><br /><p><em>Library Journal</em> Science Bestseller<br /><br />Goodreads Choice Award Science & Technology Finalist</p>
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Language

English

Pages

450

Publication Date

January 28, 2010

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<b><b>Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne</b><br /><br />#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER<br /></b><br />Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
Tao Science: The Science, Wisdom, and Practice of Creation and Gr...
by , Dr. Rulin Xiu

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

August 13, 2018

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<h2>Are spiritual laws also physical laws? Can we explain the soul and consciousness scientifically? </h2><br /><h3><i>What is the missing link to unifying spirituality and science?</i></h3><br /><p>The holy grail of science is the Grand Unified Theory, a “Theory of Everything” that completely explains our reality. Albert Einstein and many other renowned scientists have sought this theory to explain all the fundamental particles and forces in the universe, how they were created, how they interact, and what their destiny is. However, no one has yet succeeded. </p><p></p><h3>˃˃˃ Why? Spiritual wisdom and scientific wisdom have not had a common language. Can we explain spiritual principles scientifically and mathematically? </h3><br /><p>Could it be that spiritual insights and other ancient wisdom are needed for complete understanding? In this ground-breaking book, renowned spiritual teacher and master, Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, collaborates with quantum physicist and string theorist, Dr. Rulin Xiu, to introduce Tao Science.</p><br /><h3>˃˃˃ Tao is the Source of everyone and everything. Tao Science is the science of the Source and creation.</h3><p>It is science that tells us what everyone and everything is made of, how everyone and everything is created, how everyone and everything interacts, and much more. Tao Science is a science of grand unification. It unifies science with spirituality at the most fundamental level. It unifies everyone, everything, and every aspect of our lives.</p><br /><h3>˃˃˃ This book will be eye-opening and mind-expanding for those who are interested in science and those who are interested in the spirit.</h3><br /><p>This book will benefit anyone who is willing to use the power of the spirit, the power of science, the power of love, the power of the universe, and the power of yourself to transform your life and the lives of others.</p><br /><p>This book will benefit anyone who longs to live in complete love, peace, and harmony and alignment with the universal laws and principles revealed in this book.</p><br /><p>Step into the universe of Tao Science. Tao Science is more than a theory. It is a practice. It is the way of life. You will never step back.</p><br /><h2><u>Scroll up and grab a of Tao Science copy today.</u></h2>
The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Ta...
by , Alfred Scharff Goldhabe...

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 13, 2014

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<p><strong>"A very fun way to learn about where quantum physics comes from and the strange, even astonishing places it has gone." —Peter Galison, Harvard University, author of <em>Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps</em></strong></p><br /><p>From multiverses and quantum leaps to Schrödinger’s cat and time travel, quantum mechanics has irreversibly shaped the popular imagination. Entertainers and writers from Lady Gaga to David Foster Wallace take advantage of its associations and nuances. In <em>The Quantum Moment</em>, philosopher Robert P. Crease and physicist Alfred Scharff Goldhaber recount the fascinating story of how the quantum jumped from physics into popular culture, with brief explorations of the underlying math and physics concepts and descriptions of the fiery disputes among figures including Einstein, Schrödinger, and Niels Bohr. Understanding and appreciating quantum imagery, its uses and abuses, is part of what it means to be an educated person in the twenty-first century. <em>The Quantum Moment</em> serves as an indispensable guide.</p>
Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle ...
by , Jonathan H. Ward

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

January 23, 2018

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<b>Timed to release for the 15th Anniversary of the <i>Columbia</i> space shuttle disaster, this is the epic true story of one of the most dramatic, unforgettable adventures of our time.</b><br /><br />On February 1, 2003, <i>Columbia</i> disintegrated on reentry before the nation’s eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Author Mike Leinbach, Launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. This comprehensive account is told in four parts:<br /><br /> <li> Parallel Confusion<br /> <li> Courage, Compassion, and Commitment<br /> <li> Picking Up the Pieces<br /> <li> A Bittersweet Victory<br /><br />For the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the <i>Columbia</i> disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. <b><i>Bringing</i> Columbia <i>Home</b></i> shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible.<br /><br />Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts Robert Crippen and Eileen Collins, and dedicated to the astronauts and recovery search persons who lost their lives, this is an incredible, compelling narrative about the best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.
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 </b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i></b><b> BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><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 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>
What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Ph...
by Adam Becker

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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<div><b>The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe</b></div><div><br /></div><div>Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. <i>What Is Real?</i> is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.</div><div><br /></div>
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
by Dan Fagin

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English

Pages

562

Publication Date

March 19, 2013

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<b><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • <b>Winner of The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award • “A new classic of science reporting.”—<i>The New York Times</i></b></b></b><i><b><br /></b></i><br />The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, <i>Toms River</i> melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of <i>A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, </i>and <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i>.<br /><br />One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river.<br /><br />In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn’t want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change.<br /><br />A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, <i>Toms River</i> is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed.<br /><br /><b><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND <i>KIRKUS REVIEWS</i></b><br /><br /></b>“A thrilling journey full of twists and turns, <i>Toms River</i> is essential reading for our times. Dan Fagin handles topics of great complexity with the dexterity of a scholar, the honesty of a journalist, and the dramatic skill of a novelist.”<b>—Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br />“A complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller.”<b>—NPR</b><br /><br />“Unstoppable reading.”<b>—<i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b><br />  <br /> “Meticulously researched and compellingly recounted . . . It’s every bit as important—and as well-written—as <i>A Civil Action</i> and <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i>.”<b>—<i>The Star-Ledger</i></b><br />  <br /> “Fascinating . . . a gripping environmental thriller.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> (starred review)</b><br />  <br /> “An honest, thoroughly researched, intelligently written book.”<b>—<i>Slate</i></b><br />  <br /> “[A] hard-hitting account . . . a triumph.”<b>—<i>Nature</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Absorbing and thoughtful.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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In <i>Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future</i>, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way. <br /><br />        Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

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