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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.
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
by James Gleick

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English

Pages

489

Publication Date

February 22, 2011

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I> Bestseller: This life story of the quirky physicist is “a thorough and masterful portrait of one of the great minds of the century” (<I>The New York Review of Books</I>).</B><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Raised in Depression-era Rockaway Beach, physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. His quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project under J. Robert Oppenheimer, where the giddy young man held his own among the nation’s greatest minds. There, Feynman turned theory into practice, culminating in the Trinity test, on July 16, 1945, when the Atomic Age was born. He was only twenty-seven. And he was just getting started.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>In this sweeping biography, James Gleick captures the forceful personality of a great man, integrating Feynman’s work and life in a way that is accessible to laymen and fascinating for the scientists who follow in his footsteps.</DIV></DIV>
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

226

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May 04, 2011

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#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?<br /><br />Told in language we all can understand, <i>A Brief History of Time</i> plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Cha...
by , Ralph Leighton

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

June 28, 2010

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<p>A <em>New York Times</em> bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.</p><br /><p>Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.</p>
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Univers...
by Sean Carroll

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English

Pages

482

Publication Date

May 10, 2016

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<b>*INSTANT<i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER*</b><br /><b><b>"Vivid . . . impressive. . . . Splendidly informative."</b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><i><b><b><br />"</b></b></i><b><b>Succeeds spectacularly."<b><b><i>—Science<br /></i></b></b>"A tour de force."—<i>Salon<br /></i></b></b><br />Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?<br /><br />In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level<i>—</i>and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique.  <br /><br />Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.<br /><br /><i>The Big Picture </i>is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Quest...
by Randall Munroe

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

September 02, 2014

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<DIV> <B>From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask</B></P> Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions.</P> </P> The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:</P> </P> • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?</P> • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?</P> • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?</P> • Are fire tornadoes possible?</P> </P> His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.</P> </P> The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. <I>What If? </I>is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. </DIV>
Electric Earth Science discharge expansion hollow (Japanese Editi...
by miura kazunori

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Japanese

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November 18, 2017

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重力波の観測は間違いだったをはじめとして、従来の科学を17世紀に戻って見直しました。<br />科学の歴史を紐解くと、科学は一様に進歩してきたとは言えないことがわかります。多くの古代文明が精密な宇宙の運行を独自の天文学で把握して、暦を作っています。マヤ文明の暦は紀元前5世紀から使われており、天体の運動はコペルニクスやガリレオより早く解明され、粘土板や壁画に刻まれました。アステカの精巧な暦は24トンもある花崗岩に彫刻されました。しかしヨーロッパでは天文学は後退してしまい数世紀もの間、太陽と地球は主導権が転倒していました。偉大な太陽はちっぽけな地球の周りを回っていたのです。<br />21世紀に生きる現代の私たちは、近代科学以前の常識を、宗教的であるとか、非科学的であるとして、ときに嘲笑します。近代科学は、弾丸より速い飛行機を飛ばし、月や宇宙に人間を送り込んでいます。20世紀は人類の飛躍の世紀でした。近代科学の詳細を知らない一般の人でも、近代科学の持つ優位性を無条件で確信しています。<br />しかし17世紀に始まった科学革命が途中で方向を見失い、誤った袋小路に入ってしまったとするとどうでしょうか? 20世紀の科学を支えた相対性理論は21世紀になり、重力波が観測され、もはや疑うことはないと信じられています。相対性理論はニュートン力学を超えるセオリーとして認められてきました。本当でしょうか?<br />本書では、19世紀の古典科学に立ち返り、基本的力である重力を再検討します。そして地球科学の柱であるプレートテクトニクスを地球膨張説で置き換える試みをしました。その結果である地球内部の広大な空間の発見は、地球空洞説の科学的証明であると考えています。また、重力や圧力で説明されてきた天体現象、太陽系を駆動する動力源から地震までを電磁気現象として捉えなおします。<br /><br />現在の地球科学の常識を見てみましょう。地球の大きさは半径が6400km、ほぼ球体です。地表から、地殻、マントル、外核、内核と構造があるとされます。地殻には、花崗岩、玄武岩などの岩石、マントルはカンラン石などの比重の重い岩石、外核はニッケル、鉄が溶けている状態、内核はニッケル、鉄が固体になっている。内部に行くにしたがって圧力が重力により高くなっています。<br />高温の外核はマントルを加熱します。マントルは固体ですが、不思議なことに非常にゆっくりと対流します。マントルの対流は、地殻との間にある、玄武岩、ハンレイ岩の厚い岩盤をゆっくりと動かします。プレートテクトニクスです。プレートの移動は地殻にひずみをもたらし、堅い岩石にバネのようにひずみを蓄積します。この岩石に蓄えられたひずみの解放が地震です。<br />プレートの移動は、大陸の地殻を動かし、衝突したプレートは山脈を作ります。海底から拡大したプレートは、大陸の下にもぐっていきます。軽いはずのプレートが比重の重いマントルに沈むのです。<br />プレートが沈んでいる場所では、地殻にひずみがたまり地震が多く起きます。マントルからの熱が上昇してくるので、マグマによる火山活動が活発になります。<br />ほとんどの読者は、以上のような地球へのイメージを持っていると思います。しかし、これらはすべて実証されたものではないのです。仮定の上に仮定を積み上げた推論です。本書は、地球科学の大本までさかのぼり、既存の科学にとらわれずに、地球の本当の姿を考えたものです。<br /><br /><br />目次<br /><br />1.重力は神話? 否妄想に過ぎない<br />おかしな重力<br />キャベンディッシュの間違いに気づいたファラデー<br />次々と提唱される新重力理論<br />重力は2種類ある<br />コラム 宇宙船内での人工重力の作り方<br /><br />2.地球はなぜ丸い? 空洞の発見<br />科学を停滞させる重力神話<br />地球内部に重力はない?<br />空洞の存在が見えてきた<br />コラム 重力波の観測はSLFという電波をまちがえた<br /><br />3.電流はなぜ流れる?<br />プラズマとは何か?<br />電子と電流<br /><br />4.膨張する地球<br />シンクホール 地球膨張による穴<br />岩石、水が湧いてくる<br />コラム 太陽は空っぽかもしれない<br /><br />5.地球膨張のメカニズム 海と大気の起源<br />マグマオーシャンはなかった<br />相転移による体積拡大<br />コラム 日本海海底の不思議なスジ<br /><br />6.星を生む木星<br />星は糸を巻いたようにできている<br />木星わたあめ製造機<br />海底に残る筋<br />コラム 丸い石→石が丸くなる→惑星の卵?<br /><br />7.地球の内部構造<br />遠心力で岩石が湧いて大陸になった<br /><br />8.公転・自転と地球磁気<br />電気で動く地球<br />電気引力・反発力による公転<br />自転はファラデーモーター<br />コラム 空が青いのはなぜ?<br /><br />9.地震は放電現象<br />岩石が圧電効果で変形する<br />津波は海中での放電<br />コラム 地震避雷針<br /><br />10.地形はどうやってできた?<br />膨張による地形形成<br />放電で作られた山々<br />自転が作る地形<br />コラム 太陽フレアと地震、台風<br /><br />11.古代文明と小惑星帯<br />鉄鉱石、化石<br />惑星の崩壊とフェイトン<br />惑星間移住<br />ピラミッドは超光速通信機<br /><br />
Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidde...
by Lisa Randall

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English

Pages

514

Publication Date

October 21, 2009

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<p>The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for now.</p><p><em>Warped Passages</em> is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks the arc of discovery from early twentieth-century physics to the razor's edge of modern scientific theory. One of the world's leading theoretical physicists, Lisa Randall provides astonishing scientific possibilities that, until recently, were restricted to the realm of science fiction. Unraveling the twisted threads of the most current debates on relativity, quantum mechanics, and gravity, she explores some of the most fundamental questions posed by Nature&#8212taking us into the warped, hidden dimensions underpinning the universe we live in, demystifying the science of the myriad worlds that may exist just beyond our own.</p>
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Qu...
by Brian Greene

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English

Pages

447

Publication Date

January 08, 2009

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<p>A new edition of the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller—now a three-part <em>Nova</em> special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter.</p><br />Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory—made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists—<em>The Elegant Universe</em> "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (<em>New York Times Book Review</em>). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter—from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas—is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.<br /><br /><br /><br />Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything.<br /><br /><br /><br />Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, <em>The Elegant Universe</em> makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.
Step By Step Mixing: How to Create Great Mixes Using Only 5 Plug-...
by Bjorgvin Benediktsson

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English

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91

Publication Date

February 06, 2017

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<h4>Now a #1 Amazon Best-Seller in 3 Different Categories</h4><br /><h3>Get Amazing Mix Results from Any DAW Using Only EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay and Saturation.</h3><br /><h4>Let Me Ask You This:</h4><br /><ul><br /> <li>Do you fight to make all your instruments fit together in a busy mix?</li><br /> <li>Do you struggle to EQ each instrument to sit in their frequency range without getting in the way of everything else?</li><br /> <li>Do you tear your hair out finding the right compression setting for each track?</li><br /> <li>Do you have a hard time using reverb and delay without cluttering up your mix?</li><br /> <li>Do you get confused by saturation and how to use it to get a warmer sounding mix?</li><br /></ul>If you answered yes to one of those questions - don't worry - you're not alone.<br /><br />Step By Step Mixing is your complete guide to the mixing process using only the five plug-ins and processors you really need, and they will solve all of those aforementioned problems.<br /><br /><h3>Here's What You'll Learn Inside:</h3><br /><ul><br /> <li>Learn to get organized and simplify your mixing process to create more mixes that sound better in less time</li><br /> <li>Learn practical EQ tips to make all of your instruments fit in your mix</li><br /> <li>Learn to use compression to create punchy and tight mixes</li><br /> <li>Learn to use reverb and delay to add space and depth to your mixes without cluttering up the song and making yourself sound like an amateur</li><br /> <li>Learn everything you need to know about saturation to add that secret sauce to your songs that makes people take notice of your skills</li><br /> <li>Learn an invaluable process to getting your mix to translate to any speaker or sound system</li><br /></ul>Step by Step Mixing covers the theory behind each processors while giving you simple to use, practical audio tips you can use to improve your mixes.<br /><br />Every chapter is broken down as such:<br /><ol><br /> <li><strong>Explanations on the theory behind what the plug-ins do and how to use them:</strong> You’ll get a thorough walkthrough of the various regions of the frequency spectrum. You’ll understand exactly how to use your compressors. You’ll learn all about the various reverb and delay settings (some reverbs are just too complex!) and you’ll get very familiar with using saturation (without overloading and distorting your mixes!).</li><br /> <li><strong>Common Problems and Their Practical Solutions:</strong> After you understand how each processor works we’ll talk about some real world scenarios. I’ll give you some practical and easy to use tips to make your mixes jump out of the speakers.</li><br /></ol>Once you've mastered these five processors above you’ll be ready to make a killer mix in your home studio, whether you’re working on demos for your band or mixing records for your friends and clients.<br /><br />Add Step By Step Mixing to your cart and get better mixing results immediately.

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