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Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning i...
by Brian Greene

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

February 18, 2020

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<b>From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of <i>The Elegant Universe </i>comes this captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.</b><br /><br /><i>Until the End of Time</i> is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the eternal. Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality--from quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes--Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. With this grand tour of the universe, beginning to end, Brian Greene allows us all to grasp and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos.
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.
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 Winner</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.
Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Bi...
by Adrian Bejan

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

January 24, 2012

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<b>In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world.</b><br />  <br /> Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure and <i>evolves</i> in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow. River basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts of lightning are very efficient flow systems to move a current—of water, blood, or electricity. Likewise, the more complex architecture of animals evolve to cover greater distance per unit of useful energy, or increase their flow across the land. Such designs also appear in human organizations, like the hierarchical "flowcharts" or reporting structures in corporations and political bodies. <br /><br />All are governed by the same principle, known as the Constructal Law, and configure and reconfigure themselves over time to flow more efficiently. Written in an easy style that achieves clarity without sacrificing complexity, <i>Design in Nature</i> is a paradigm-shifting book that will fundamentally transform our understanding of the world around us.
The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World
by Trevor Cox

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

February 10, 2014

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<p><strong>"A lucid and passionate case for a more mindful way of listening to and engaging with musical, natural, and manmade sounds." —<em>New York Times</em></strong></p><br /><p>In this tour of the world’s most unexpected sounds, Trevor Cox—the “David Attenborough of the acoustic realm” (<em>Observer</em>)—discovers the world’s longest echo in a hidden oil cavern in Scotland, unlocks the secret of singing sand dunes in California, and alerts us to the aural gems that exist everywhere in between. Using the world’s most amazing acoustic phenomena to reveal how sound works in everyday life, <em>The Sound Book</em> inspires us to become better listeners in a world dominated by the visual and to open our ears to the glorious cacophony all around us.</p>
The Science of Star Wars: The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, ...
by , Jon Chase

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English

Pages

271

Publication Date

November 15, 2016

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<b>Discover the science behind the most popular sci-fi franchise of all time!</b><br /><br />Capturing the imagination and hearts of crowds worldwide, <i>Star Wars</i> is a fantastic feat of science fiction and fantasy. <b><i>The Science of Star Wars</i></b> addresses 50 topics that span the movies’ universe such as battle technology, alien life, space travel, etc. You’ll find fascinating explorations of the physics of <i>Star Wars</i>, its plausibility, and more. The perfect <i>Star Wars</i> gift for fans of the saga, this book addresses many unanswered, burning questions, including:<br /><br /><li> How long before we get a <i>Star Wars</i> speeder off the ground?<br /></li><li> What exactly <i>is</i> the Force?<br /></li><li> How could Kylo Ren stop a blaster shot in mid-air?<br /></li><li> How could we live on a gas giant like Bespin, or a desert planet like Tatooine?<br /></li><li> Nature versus nurture: How does it play out in the making of Jedi?<br /></li><li> How much would it cost to build the Death Star?<br /></li><li> And much more!<br /><br />We marvel at the variety of creatures and technology and the mystery behind the force. But how much of the <i>Star Wars</i> world is rooted in reality? Could we see some of the extraordinary inventions materialize in our world? This uncomplicated, entertaining read makes it easy to understand how advanced physics concepts, such as wormholes and Einstein’s theory of relativity, apply to the <i>Star Wars</i> universe.<br /><br /><b><i>The Science of Star Wars</i></b> explains to non-technical readers how physics and fantasy might merge to allow for the possibility of interstellar travel; communication with foreign but intelligent lifeforms; human-like robots; alien planets fit for human life; weapons and spacecraft such as laser guns, light sabers, and the Millennium Falcon; and Force-like psychokinetic powers.<br /><br />In the 21st Century, we’re on the edge of developing much of the technology from “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”… These fantasies aren’t as impossible as you might think! Written for every fan of George Lucas’s films, you don’t need to be a Jedi or an astrophysicist at NASA to appreciate all of Mark Brake and Jon Chase’s fun and informative analysis of this classic series in <b><i>The Science of Star Wars</i></b>. Prepare your mind to make the jump to light speed and find out about the facts behind one of our favorite modern epics!</li>
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.
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the Worl...
by Michio Kaku

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

March 11, 2008

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Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of <i>Star Trek, Star Wars, </i>and<i> Back to the Future</i>, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe's physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, <b>Physics of the Impossible</b><i> </i>probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.
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 - Mental Models: Take Control Over Your Thoug...
by Albert Rutherford

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

February 06, 2020

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<h2>Regain focus. Select relevant information. Make quick and clear decisions. </h2><br /><br />We are dealing with too many options, too much information, conflicting advice on general choices like what diet to choose, or who to choose as a mate. It’s hard to maintain focus and be confident in our decisions under such conditions. <br /><br /><b>The Systems Thinker –Mental Models</b> helps you <u>make decisions based on your relevant thought patterns and true values.</u> Finding the most relevant information to YOU, the best decision to YOU is a matter of exploring YOUR thoughts and wants. <br /><br />Mental models are cognitive frameworks that you can use to make order in your head, tune out the noise, and focus on what’s important – without getting overwhelmed. Mental models provide transparency, order, deeper understanding, context, and most importantly, <i>a clear solution or conclusion about problems. Using systems thinking as your leading cognitive tool will provide depth AND width to your mental analysis.</i><br /><br /><br /><h2>Learn how corporate executives, economists, and policy makers analyze big data and make decisions based on it.</h2><br />•Discover 12 powerful thinking tools to facilitate your though processes<br />•<b>Understanding and model dynamic systems</b><br />•Learn to use mental models through real-life examples<br /><br /><h2>Mental models are so much more than a cognitive tool; they help with productivity, enhance understanding, boost critical thinking, and analytical skills.</h2><br />•Understand how corporations make multidimensional decisions <br />•<b>Learn to design your own mental models to map out your real priorities</b><br />•Learn to include soft variables such as emotions into your analysis <br />•<b>Shift your mindset from blaming to accountability and resolve conflicts easier. </b><br />

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