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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>A <i>New York Times</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Time</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Kirkus</i> <i>Reviews</i> Best Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalist</b><br /> <b>One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019</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Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to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.
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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<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></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> <p></p> The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:<p></p> <p></p> • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?<p></p> • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?<p></p> • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?<p></p> • Are fire tornadoes possible?<p></p> <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> <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.
Think in Systems: The Art of Strategic Planning, Effective Proble...
by Zoe McKey

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English

Pages

267

Publication Date

November 21, 2019

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<h2>Get out of that rut. Find long-term solution to your problems. </h2> <br /><br />We have the best of intentions to improve our conditions, but often our solutions fall short of improving our lives. Our best efforts can result in the opposite of what we want over time. If we apply conventional thinking to complex issues, we often maintain or feed the very problems we want to fix. How to avoid this trap? I will tell you in this book.<br /><br /><i>Think in Systems</i> is a concise information manual offering high-level, strategic problem solving methods for personal and global issues. The book presents the main features of systems thinking in an understandable, everyday manner, helping you to develop the skill top analysts and world leaders use. <br /><br />Your life is a system. Everything that is connected to your system (life) is a part of it. Your town, country, the world, the solar system are all bigger systems you are a part of. These systems are interconnected. Whatever you do will affect the system and whatever the system does will affect your life. Systems can have positive and negative effect on your life – or on life of people generally. <br /><br />The greatest problems like hunger, war, and poverty are all failures in the system. Similarly, fights with your loved ones, being stuck in a rut at your job are also system failures. They are not only your fault. But they can’t be fixed with cause-effect thinking. <br /><br />Systems thinking boosts your <b>critical thinking skills, makes you more logical, enhances your analytical abilities, and makes you more creative. </b><br /><br /><br /><br /><h2>"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein</h2><br />•Learn the main aspects, concepts, and models of systems thinking.<br />•<b>Design models and systems maps to solve your problems</b><br />•Find solutions to your underlying problems, not just the symptoms<br />•<b>Improve your mental health, wealth, and connections</b><br /><br /><u>Learn to use systems thinking in your business, relationships, friendships, and general political, socio-economic, and environmental issues. </u><br /><br />•Widen your understanding about international economic, political, and socio-economic affairs<br />•<b>Manage your business better</b> <br />•The most helpful materials, books, and experts to learn even more about systems thinking.<br />•<b>Map out a strategic action plan to change your circumstances. Become more patient by understanding the world – and your place in it – better. </b><br />•Shift your focus from the unimportant details and focus on the real issues. <br />•<b>Stay a learner. </b><br /><br /><h2>Learn to use systems thinking in your problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning practices today. </h2><br />
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
by Randall Munroe

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>AN INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> <b><i>“How To</i> will make you laugh as you learn…With <i>How To</i>, you can't help but appreciate the glorious complexity of our universe and the amazing breadth of humanity's effort to comprehend it. If you want some lightweight edification, you won't go wrong with <i>How To</i>.”<i> —</i>CNET</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b><b>“[<i>How To</i>] has science and jokes in it, so 10/10 can recommend.”</b> <b><i>—Simone Giertz</i></b></b><br /> <b><br /> The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the bestsellers <i>What If?</i> and <i>Thing Explainer</i></b> <br /><br />For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. <i>How To</i> is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. <br /><br />Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun. <br /><br />By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in <i>What If?</i>, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and fun illustrations, <i>How To</i> is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spac...
by Sean Carroll

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English

Pages

364

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br />A <i>Science News </i>favorite science book of 2019<br /><b><br />As you read these words, copies of you are being created.</b><br />  <br /> </b>Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, <i>Something Deeply Hidden</i> shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time.  His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything. <br /><br /> Most physicists haven’t even recognized the uncomfortable truth: physics has been in crisis since 1927. Quantum mechanics  has always had obvious gaps—which have come to be simply ignored. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is,  how impossible it is to understand. Academics discourage students from working on the "dead end" of quantum foundations. Putting his professional reputation on the line with this audacious yet entirely reasonable book, Carroll says that the crisis can now come to an end. We just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe. There are many, many Sean Carrolls. Many of every one of us.<br />  <br /> Copies of you are generated thousands of times per second. The Many Worlds Theory of quantum behavior says that every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with everything in it the same, except in that other world the quantum event didn't happen. Step-by-step in Carroll's uniquely lucid way, he tackles the major objections to this otherworldly revelation until his case is inescapably established.<br />  <br /> Rarely does a book so fully reorganize how we think about our place in the universe. We are on the threshold of a new understanding—of where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of.
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 Order of Time
by Carlo Rovelli

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>One of TIME’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade<br /></b> <br /><b>"Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . <i>The Order of Time</i> is a dazzling book." --<i>The Sunday Times</i></b> <b><br /></b> <br /><b>From the bestselling author of <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i>, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time.</b><br /><br />Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. <br /><br />For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe. <br /><br />Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i> so appealing, <i>The Order of Time</i> offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.
"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><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.</strong></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>
Thinking in Systems: A Primer
by Donella H. Meadows

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English

Pages

217

Publication Date

December 03, 2008

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<p>In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, <em>Limits to Growth</em>—the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet— Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001.</p><br /><br /><p><em>Thinking in Systems</em>, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.</p><br /><br /><p>Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.</p><br /><br /><p>While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner.</p><br /><br /><p>In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, <em>Thinking in Systems</em> helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.</p>
Energy and Civilization: A History (The MIT Press)
by Vaclav Smil

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English

Pages

564

Publication Date

May 12, 2017

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<p><b>A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization.</b></p><p>"I wait for new Smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. In his latest book, <i>Energy and Civilization: A History</i>, he goes deep and broad to explain how innovations in humans' ability to turn energy into heat, light, and motion have been a driving force behind our cultural and economic progress over the past 10,000 years.<br /><b>—Bill Gates, </b><b><i>Gates Notes</i></b><b>, Best Books of the Year</b></p><p><br />Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on Earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows—ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity—for their civilized existence. In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization. <br /><br />Humans are the only species that can systematically harness energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intellect and an enormous variety of artifacts—from the simplest tools to internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors. The epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economics, urbanization, quality of life, politics, and the environment. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview. This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's <i>Energy in World History</i> (1994). Smil has incorporated an enormous amount of new material, reflecting the dramatic developments in energy studies over the last two decades and his own research over that time.</p>

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