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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
by Daniel J. Levitin

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

August 03, 2006

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<b>In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain. </b><br /><br />Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals:<br /><br />• How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world<br />• Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre<br />• That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise<br />• How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head<br /><br />A <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Award finalist, <i>This Is Your Brain on Music</i> will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.
Chaos: Making a New Science
by James Gleick

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<DIV><P><B>The “highly entertaining” <I>New York Times</I> bestseller, which explains chaos theory and the butterfly effect, from the author of <I>The Information</I> (<I>Chicago Tribune</I>).</B><BR /><BR /> For centuries, scientific thought was focused on bringing order to the natural world. But even as relativity and quantum mechanics undermined that rigid certainty in the first half of the twentieth century, the scientific community clung to the idea that any system, no matter how complex, could be reduced to a simple pattern. In the 1960s, a small group of radical thinkers began to take that notion apart, placing new importance on the tiny experimental irregularities that scientists had long learned to ignore. Miniscule differences in data, they said, would eventually produce massive ones—and complex systems like the weather, economics, and human behavior suddenly became clearer and more beautiful than they had ever been before.</P><DIV>In this seminal work of scientific writing, James Gleick lays out a cutting edge field of science with enough grace and precision that any reader will be able to grasp the science behind the beautiful complexity of the world around us. With more than a million copies sold, <I>Chaos</I> is “a groundbreaking book about what seems to be the future of physics” by a writer who has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the author of <I>Time Travel: A History</I> and <I>Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman</I> (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>).</DIV></DIV>
Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen
by Mark Buchanan

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

April 23, 2002

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<b>Critically acclaimed science journalist, Mark Buchanan tells the fascinating story of the discovery that there is a natural structure of instability woven into the fabric of our world, which explains why catastrophes-- both natural and human-- happen.</b><br /><br />Scientists have recently discovered a new law of nature and its footprints are virtually everywhere-- in the spread of forest fires, mass extinctions, traffic jams, earthquakes, stock-market fluctuations, the rise and fall of nations, and even trends in fashion, music and art. Wherever we look, the world is modelled on a simple template: like a steep pile of sand, it is poised on the brink of instability, with avalanches-- in events, ideas or whatever-- following a universal pattern of change. This remarkable discovery heralds what Mark Buchanan calls the new science of 'ubiquity', a science whose secret lies in the stuff of the everyday world. Combining literary flair with scientific rigour, this enthralling book documents the coming revolution by telling the story of the researchers' exploration of the law, their ingenious work and unexpected insights.<br /><br />Buchanan reveals that we are witnessing the emergence of an extraordinarily powerful new field of science that will help us comprehend the bewildering and unruly rhythms that dominate our lives and may even lead to a true science of the dynamics of human culture and history.
Most Wanted Particle: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs,...
by Jon Butterworth

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English

Pages

308

Publication Date

January 27, 2015

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<DIV><B>Now in paperback: the “vivid account of what the process of discovery was really like for an insider.”—Peter Higgs</B><BR />  <BR /> Particle physics as we know it depends on the Higgs boson: It’s the missing link between the birth of our universe—as a sea of tiny, massless particles—and the tangible world we live in today. But for more than 50 years, scientists wondered: <I>Does it exist?</I><BR />  <BR /> Physicist Jon Butterworth was at the frontlines of the hunt for the Higgs at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider—perhaps the most ambitious experiment in history. In <I>Most Wanted Particle</I>, he gives us the first inside account of that uncertain time, when an entire field hinged on a single particle, and life at the cutting edge of science meant media scrutiny, late-night pub debates, dispiriting false starts in the face of intense pressure, and countless hours at the collider itself. As Butterworth explains, our first glimpse of the elusive Higgs brings us a giant step closer to understanding the universe—and points the way to an entirely new kind of physics.</DIV>
Relativity: The special and the general theory
by Albert Einstein

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English

Pages

142

Publication Date

February 09, 2018

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Relativity: The Special and the General Theory began as a short paper and was eventually published as a book written by Albert Einstein with the aim of giving: “an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.” It was first published in German in 1916 and later translated into English in 1920. It is divided into 3 parts, the first dealing with special relativity, the second dealing with general relativity and the third dealing with considerations on the universe as a whole.
The Essential Rudolf Steiner: Theosophy: An Introduction to the S...
by Rudolf Steiner

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English

Pages

508

Publication Date

July 17, 2015

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Collected here in this omnibus edition are five of Rudolf Steiner's most important works: 'Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man,' 'An Esoteric Cosmology,' 'Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path,' 'An Introduction to Waldorf Education,' and 'How to Know Higher Worlds.' Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, literary scholar, educator, artist, playwright, social thinker, and esotericist.
The Mysterious Universe [New Revised Edition]
by Sir James Hopwood Jeans

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English

Pages

158

Publication Date

July 31, 2017

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The Mysterious Universe is a science book by the British astrophysicist Sir James Jeans. It is an expanded version of the Rede Lecture delivered at the University of Cambridge in 1930, and begins with a full-page citation of the famous passage in Plato’s Republic, Book VII, laying out the allegory of the cave. It makes frequent reference to the quantum theory of radiation, begun by Max Planck in 1900, to Einstein’s general relativity, and to the new theories of quantum mechanics of Heisenberg and Schrödinger, of whose philosophical perplexities the author seemed well aware.<br /><br />This New Revised Edition was first published in 1932.<br /><br />A popular book to this day, and a valuable addition to any reader’s science book collection.
Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Th...
by Dan Hooper

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

September 03, 2008

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<blockquote><p>The first accessible book on a theory of physics that explains the relationship between the particles and forces that make up our universe.</p></blockquote><p>For decades, physicists have been fascinated with the possibility that two seemingly independent aspects of our world—matter and force—may in fact be intimately connected and inseparable facets of nature. This idea, known as supersymmetry, is considered by many physicists to be one of the most beautiful and elegant theories ever conceived. According to this theory, however, there is much more to our universe than we have witnessed thus far. In particular, supersymmetry predicts that for each type of particle there must also exist others, called superpartners. To the frustration of many particle physicists, no such superpartner particles have ever been observed. As the world's most powerful particle accelerator—the Large Hadron Collider—begins operating in 2008, this may be about to change. By discovering the forms of matter predicted by supersymmetry, this incredible machine is set to transform our current understanding of the universe's laws and structure, and overturn the way that we think about matter, force, space, and time. </p><em><p>Nature's Blueprint</em> explores the reasons why supersymmetry is so integral to how we understand our world and describes the incredible machines used in the search for it. In an engaging and accessible style, it gives readers a glimpse into the symmetries, patterns, and very structure behind the universe and its laws. </p>
The Nikola Tesla Treasury
by Nikola Tesla

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English

Pages

670

Publication Date

July 01, 2013

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Here's the Tesla collection you've been waiting for: 214 figures; 668 pages; and 107 articles, letters to editors, and lectures. All the famous lectures and articles that you'd expect are here, You'll also get his many letters to editors, commenting on Marconi, Edison, and many issues of the day. And if that wasn't enough you'll also get other articles that you've heard about but probably never seen. This is an amazing collection that will give you the most complete look into the mind of Nikola Tesla, who has been called the most important man of the 20th Century. Without Tesla's ground-breaking work we'd all be sitting in the dark without even a radio to listen to.
The Science of Star Wars: The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, ...
by , Jon Chase

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English

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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> What exactly <i>is</i> the Force?<br /> <li> How could Kylo Ren stop a blaster shot in mid-air?<br /> <li> How could we live on a gas giant like Bespin, or a desert planet like Tatooine?<br /> <li> Nature versus nurture: How does it play out in the making of Jedi?<br /> <li> How much would it cost to build the Death Star?<br /> <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</b></i>. Prepare your mind to make the jump to light speed and find out about the facts behind one of our favorite modern epics!

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