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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest N...
by Adam Higginbotham

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English

Pages

561

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.</b><br /><br />Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.<br /> <br />Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.<br /> <br /><i>Midnight in Chernobyl </i>is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will—lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel H. Pink

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English

Pages

268

Publication Date

January 09, 2018

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<b>The instant <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br />#1 <i>Wall Street Journal</i> Business Bestseller<br />Instant <i>Washington Post</i> Bestseller<br /><br />"Brims with a surprising amount of insight and practical advice." --<i>The Wall Street Journal</i><br /><br />Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of <i>Drive</i> and <i>To Sell Is Human</i>, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. <b><br /></b></b><br />Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.<br /><br />Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In W<i>hen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing</i>, Pink shows that timing is really a science.<br /><br />Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?<br /><br />In <i>When</i>, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to El...
by Jill Jonnes

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

August 19, 2003

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<b>The gripping history of electricity and how the fateful collision of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed.</b><br /><br />In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In <i>Empires of Light</i>, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation’s most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world’s first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it. <br /><br /> Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct current (DC) technology into the hurly-burly of New York City as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating current (AC), thus setting the stage for one of the eeriest feuds in American corporate history, the War of the Electric Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall Street, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, and, finally, the death chamber—Jonnes takes us on the tense walk down a prison hallway and into the sunlit room where William Kemmler, convicted ax murderer, became the first man to die in the electric chair.
The World As I See It
by Albert Einstein

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

March 14, 2011

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<p><b>One of the world’s greatest minds addresses religion and science, war and peace, and the treatment of minorities in this authorized collection.</b><br /><br /> In the aftermath of the First World War, Albert Einstein writes about his hopes for the League of Nations, his feelings as a German citizen about the growing anti-Semitism and nationalism of his country, and his myriad opinions about the current affairs of his day. In addition to these political perspectives, <i>The World As I See It</i> reveals the idealistic, spiritual, and witty side of this great intellectual as he approaches topics including “Good and Evil,” “Religion and Science,” “Active Pacifism,” “Christianity and Judaism,” and “Minorities.”<br /><br /> Including letters, speeches, articles, and essays written before 1935, this collection offers a complete portrait of Einstein as a humanitarian and as a human being trying to make sense of the changing world around him.<br /><br /> This authorized ebook features a new introduction by Neil Berger, PhD, and an illustrated biography of Albert Einstein, which includes rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.</p>
The Constants of Nature: The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secr...
by John Barrow

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

May 04, 2009

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Reality as we know it is bound by a set of constants—numbers and values that dictate the strengths of forces like gravity, the speed of light, and the masses of elementary particles. In <b>The Constants of Nature</b>, Cambridge Professor and bestselling author John D.Barrow takes us on an exploration of these governing principles. Drawing on physicists such as Einstein and Planck, Barrow illustrates with stunning clarity our dependence on the steadfastness of these principles. But he also suggests that the basic forces may have been radically different during the universe’s infancy, and suggests that they may continue a deeply hidden evolution. Perhaps most tantalizingly, Barrow theorizes about the realities that might one day be found in a universe with different parameters than our own.
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 04, 2011

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><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.
The Systems Thinker - Analytical Skills: Level Up Your Decision M...
by Albert Rutherford

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

July 24, 2019

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<h2>Enhance your <b>logic, reason, judgment, and wisdom.</b> Increase your ability to <b>create concise and reasoned arguments</b> using data and evidence, to get a genuine conclusion.</h2><br /><br /><i>The Systems Thinker – Analytical Skills</i> aims to raise the level of your mental performance by focusing on the fundamentals of how to use your mind effectively. This book will show you how to:<br />•Increase your ability to analyze problems and to comprehend what you read, hear, experience in a logical manner. <br />•<b>Examine the logical structure of good and bad reasoning. </b><br />•Look at what type of evidence are decisions commonly based on.<br />•<b>Detect common fallacies and rhetorical and psychological factors that can influence your thinking. </b><br /><br />The book presents the methods that good problem solvers use in understanding complex ideas. It provides practice in applying these methods to a variety of comprehension, analytical, and reasoning questions. It also includes a number of logical thinking problems to hone your logical thinking skills.<br /><br /><h2>Use these intellectual skills to analyze anything you might think about - questions, problems, disciplines.</h2><br />•The most widely used forms of analysis.<br />•<b>Guidance and practice to monitor your thoughts with the help of intellectual tools.</b><br />•Learn to question purposes, problems, information, and concepts.<br />•<b>Interdisciplinary analytical tools to understand and assess your own reasoning, be it about a highly technical question or your everyday life. </b><br /><br /><i> The Systems Thinker – Analytical Skills </i> helps you to find the most fundamental logic of any discipline, problem, or thesis. Transfer your knowledge between and among subjects and fields of observation. <br /><br />•Learn four types of profound analysis.<br />•<b>Learn to read and create statistical charts.</b><br />•Learn and correct the most frequent errors in reasoning.<br />•<b>Learn to complement your analytical thinking tools with synthetic, systemic, critical, and creative thinking tools.</b><br /><br />Good analytical thinking skills are deeply <u>necessary if you are working in business, education, law, politics, and economics</u>. Understanding the underlying structure of a problem can help you come up with the best solution. <br /><br />Adopt analytical thinking skills to make better decisions, assess situations more accurately, and persuade other people with more success to consider your point of view. This book serves as a springboard toward analytic proficiency.<br />
The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists an...
by Sam Kean

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English

Pages

465

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>From <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb</b><br /><br />Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely have the secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the middle of building an atomic bomb, the leaders of the Manhattan Project were alarmed to learn that Nazi Germany was far outpacing the Allies in nuclear weapons research. Hitler, with just a few pounds of uranium, would have the capability to reverse the entire D-Day operation and conquer Europe. So they assembled a rough and motley crew of geniuses - dubbed the Alsos Mission - and sent them careening into Axis territory to spy on, sabotage, and even assassinate members of Nazi Germany's feared Uranium Club. <br />The details of the mission rival the finest spy thriller, but what makes this story sing is the incredible cast of characters-both heroes and rogues alike-including: <br /><b>Moe Berg</b> the major league catcher who abandoned the game for a career as a multilingual international spy; the strangest fellow to ever play professional baseball.<br /><b>Werner Heisenberg</b> the Nobel Prize-winning physicist credited as the discoverer of quantum mechanics; a key contributor to the Nazi's atomic bomb project and the primary target of the Alsos mission. <br /><b>Colonel Boris Pash </b>a high school science teacher and veteran of the Russian Revolution who fled the Sovit Union with a deep disdain for Communists and who later led the Alsos mission. <br /><b>Joe Kennedy Jr.</b> the charismatic, thrill-seeking older brother of JFK whose need for adventure led him to volunteer for the most dangerous missions the Navy had to offer. <br /><b>Samuel Goudsmit </b>a washed-up physics prodigy who spent his life huntinh Nazi scientist-and his parents, who had been swept into a concentration camp-across the globe. <br /><b>Ir</b><b>è</b><b>ne and Frederic Joliot-Curie</b> a physics Nobel-Prize winning power couple who used their unassuming status as scientists to become active members of the resistance. <br />Thrust into the dark world of international espionage, these scientists and soldiers played a vital and largely untold role in turning back one of the darkest tides in human history.
Wizard:: The Life and Times of Nikolas Tesla
by Marc J. Seifer

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English

Pages

580

Publication Date

May 01, 1998

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“The story of one of the most prolific, independent, and iconoclastic inventors of this century . . . fascinating.”--<i>Scientific American</i><br /><br />Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla’s creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.<br /><br />This essential biography is illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs, including the July 20, 1931, <i>Time</i> magazine cover for an issue celebrating the inventor’s career.<br /><br />“A deep and comprehensive biography of a great engineer of early electrical science--likely to become the definitive biography. Highly recommended.”--American Association for the Advancement of Science<br /><br />“Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age.” --<i>Publishers Weekly</i> Starred Review<br /><br />“[Wizard] brings the many complex facets of [Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole....I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist.” --A.A. Mullin, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, COMPUTING REVIEWS<br /><br />“[Along with A Beautiful Mind] one of the five best biographies written on the brilliantly disturbed.”--WALL STREET JOURNAL<br /><br />“Wizard is a compelling tale presenting a teeming, vivid world of science, technology, culture and human lives.”--NEW SCIENTIST<br /><br />“Marc Seifer is an excellent writer and scholar, who has produced a wonderfully readable and illuminating biography of one of the most intriguing men of this century...mak[ing] us understand not only the man, but also the times in which he lived....[A] masterpiece.”--NELSON DEMILLE<br /><br />“The author presents much new material...[and] bases his book on a large number of archival and primary sources....Underneath the layers of hero worship, the core of Seifer's book is a serious piece of scholarship.” --Ronald Kline, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN<br /><br />“Seifer has done a remarkable job going through all the Tesla manuscripts...ferret[ing] out hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in which he traces out Tesla's public image [and] offers a reasonable reconstruction of Tesla's emotional world...Seifer has significantly advanced our understanding of Tesla.”--Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, for ISIS<br /><br />“It is my opinion that Dr. Seifer leads the world as the most authoritative of all the Tesla researchers.”--J.W. McGINNIS, President, International Tesla Society<br /><br />“Far and away the best job among Tesla biographies.”--Jeffrey D. Kooistra, INFINITE ENERGY<br /><br />“Wizard is...utterly absorbing with chapters charting all stages of Tesla's life...Seifer treats his prodigious subject with sympathy and realism.”--NEXUS<br /><br />“Wizard...presents a much more accurate...picture of Tesla.... [It] is thorough, informative, entertaining and a valuable addition to electrotechnological history, past and future.”--ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES<br /><br />“In modern times, Tesla may be enjoying a comeback thanks to books like Wizard.”--THE NEW YORK TIMES
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 • 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 /><b>“Hawking’s parting gift to humanity . . . a book every thinking person worried about humanity’s future should read.”—NPR</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Forbes </i>• <i>The Guardian </i>• <i>Wired </i></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>

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