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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>
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>
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>
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

226

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: Essential Thinking Skills For Solving Proble...
by Albert Rutherford

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

September 22, 2018

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<h2>Find the optimal solutions to your problems. Gain a deep understanding of the “what, why, how, when, how much” questions of your life. </h2><br />Become a <i>Systems Thinker</i> and discover how to approach your life from a completely new perspective.<br /><br />What is systems thinking? Put it simply, thinking about how things interact with one another. <br /><br />Why should this matter to you? Because you are a system. You are a part of smaller and larger systems – your community, your country, your species. Understanding your role within these systems and <b>how these systems affect, hinder, or aid the fulfillment of your life can lead you to better answers about yourself and the world.</b><br /><br />Information is the most precious asset these days. Evaluating that information correctly is almost priceless. Systems thinkers are some of the bests in collecting and assessing information, as well as creating impactful solutions in any context.<br /><br /><i>The Systems Thinker</i> will help you to <u>implement systems thinking at your workplace, human relations, and everyday thinking habits. </u><br /><br />Boost your observation and analytical skills to find the real triggers and influencing forces behind contemporary politics, economics, health, and education changes. <br /><br />Systems thinking <b>clears your vision</b> by teaching you not only to find the differences between the elements but also the similarities. This bi-directional analyzing ability will give you a more complex worldview, deeper understanding of problems, and thus better solutions.<br /><br />The car stopped because its tank is empty – so it needs gas. Easy problem, easy solution, right? But could you explain just as easily why did the price of gas raise with 5% the past month? After becoming a systems thinker, you’ll be able to answer that question just as easily.<br /><br /><h2>Change your thoughts, change your results.</h2> <br />•What are the main elements, questions and methods of thinking in systems?<br />•<b>The most widely used systems archetypes, maps, models, and analytical methods.</b><br />•Learn to identify and provide solutions even the most complex system problems.<br />•<b>Deepen your understanding about human motivation with systems thinking.</b><br /><br />The past fifty years brought so many changes in our lives. The world has become more interconnected than ever. Old rules can’t explain the new world anymore. But systems thinking can. Embrace systems thinking and <b>become a master of analytical, critical, and creative thinking. </b><br />
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>
The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over Gen...
by Pedro G. Ferreira

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

February 04, 2014

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<DIV><P><B>“One of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades</B>” <B>(<I>Kirkus Reviews</I>, starred review).</B><BR />  <BR /> Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915. This has driven their work to unveil the universe’s surprising secrets even further, and many believe more wonders remain hidden within the theory’s tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, an astrophysicist brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma.<BR />  <BR /> Einstein’s theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics—yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler’s Germany, hounded in Stalin’s Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, PhD students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable.<BR />  <BR /> Still, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein’s theory.<BR />  <BR /> In the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics, as scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, <I>The Perfect Theory</I> exposes the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led—and where it can still take us.<BR />  </P></DIV>
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 2018<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>, a concise, elegant exploration of time <b>that makes an excellent holiday gift.</b></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.
The Quantum Guide to Life: How the Laws of Physics Explain Our Li...
by Kunal K. Das

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

May 01, 2013

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<DIV><DIV><P><B>With humor and intelligence, this <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling guide takes you through the fascinating intersections of quantum physics and everyday life.</B><BR />  <BR /> Physics might explain why the Earth orbits the Sun, but can it really explain our tendency to put off doing chores? In <I>The Quantum Guide to Life</I>, physics professor and bestselling author Kunal K. Das illustrates how the laws of physics define every aspect of our lives and society, from personal relationships to geopolitics, financial markets, globalization, and immigration. With engaging stories and illuminating examples, Das explains the important laws at the heart of physics, in a way never done before—by showing how the defining patterns of our lives, our behavior, and our society already follow similar rules.<BR />  <BR /> Das makes complex concepts—from the Heisenberg Principle to Schrodinger’s Cat—relatable and easy to understand, while offering provocative new perspectives on the established principles of physics. <I>The Quantum Guide to Life</I> provides illuminating and practical life lessons while bringing humor and humanity to what is too often considered a painfully dry subject.</P></DIV></DIV>
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>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>An excellent gift this holiday season. <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.

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