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Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
by James Gleick

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English

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489

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February 22, 2011

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I> Bestseller: This life story of the quirky physicist is “a thorough and masterful portrait of one of the great minds of the century” (<I>The New York Review of Books</I>).</B><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Raised in Depression-era Rockaway Beach, physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. His quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project under J. Robert Oppenheimer, where the giddy young man held his own among the nation’s greatest minds. There, Feynman turned theory into practice, culminating in the Trinity test, on July 16, 1945, when the Atomic Age was born. He was only twenty-seven. And he was just getting started.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>In this sweeping biography, James Gleick captures the forceful personality of a great man, integrating Feynman’s work and life in a way that is accessible to laymen and fascinating for the scientists who follow in his footsteps.</DIV></DIV>
Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case ...
by Stephen C. Meyer

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English

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571

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June 18, 2013

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<p>When Charles Darwin finished <em>The Origin of Species</em>, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.  <br /><br />In <em>Darwin’s Doubt</em>, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms.<br /><br />Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, <em>Signature in the Cell</em>, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.</p>
Chaos: Making a New Science
by James Gleick

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English

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274

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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>
Not a Chance: God, Science, and the Revolt against Reason
by , Keith Mathison

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English

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256

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August 12, 2014

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Despite claiming unbelief in God or any higher power that may have designed or created the world and all that is in it, modern scientists often write and speak of <i>chance</i> as some kind of being or force that can <i>cause </i>things to happen. In one breath they push the evolution agenda and in the next they say that creatures were "designed" with specific traits. In this classic book, R. C. Sproul and Keith Mathison call the scientific world to employ logic and clarity in their discourse, to leave the word <i>chance</i> as an abstract concept to describe mathematical possibilities rather than an ontological being that can actually <i>cause</i> change. This expanded edition includes a new chapter dealing with the most recent attempts to defend irrational scientific statements. Two new appendices answer critics and review other literature on scientific discoveries that support belief in a Creator God.
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: F...
by Jim Mahaffey

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English

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619

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February 04, 2014

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<DIV><B>A “delightfully astute” and “entertaining” history of the mishaps and meltdowns that have marked the path of scientific progress (<I>Kirkus Reviews</I>, starred review).</B><BR /><BR /> Radiation: What could go wrong? In short, plenty. From Marie Curie carrying around a vial of radium salt because she liked the pretty blue glow to the large-scale disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, dating back to the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.<BR /><BR /> In this lively book, long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy James Mahaffey looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns. Every incident, while taking its toll, has led to new understanding of the mighty atom—and the fascinating frontier of science that still holds both incredible risk and great promise.<BR />  </DIV>
Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
by David Hendy

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English

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403

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October 15, 2013

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<p>What if history had a sound track? What would it tell us about ourselves? Based on a thirty-part BBC Radio series and podcast, <em>Noise</em> explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100,000 years, allowing us to think in fresh ways about the meaning of our collective past.</p><p>Though we might see ourselves inhabiting a visual world, our lives have always been hugely influenced by our need to hear and be heard. To tell the story of sound—music and speech, but also echoes, chanting, drumbeats, bells, thunder, gunfire, the noise of crowds, the rumbles of the human body, laughter, silence, conversations, mechanical sounds, noisy neighbors, musical recordings, and radio—is to explain how we learned to overcome our fears about the natural world, perhaps even to control it; how we learned to communicate with, understand, and live alongside our fellow beings; how we've fought with one another for dominance; how we've sought to find privacy in an increasingly noisy world; and how we've struggled with our emotions and our sanity.</p><p>Oratory in ancient Rome was important not just for the words spoken but for the sounds made—the tone, the cadence, the pitch of the voice—how that voice might have been transformed by the environment in which it was heard and how the audience might have responded to it. For the Native American tribes first encountering the European colonists, to lose one's voice was to lose oneself. In order to dominate the Native Americans, European colonists went to great effort to silence them, to replace their "demonic" "roars" with the more familiar "bugles, speaking trumpets, and gongs."</p><p>Breaking up the history of sound into prehistoric noise, the age of oratory, the sounds of religion, the sounds of power and revolt, the rise of machines, and what he calls our "amplified age," Hendy teases out continuities and breaches in our long relationship with sound in order to bring new meaning to the human story.</p>
The Essential Rudolf Steiner: Theosophy: An Introduction to the S...
by Rudolf Steiner

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English

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508

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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 MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY (Illustrated an...
by Isaac Newton

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English

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466

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February 21, 2013

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The book has an active table of contents for readers to access each chapter, PROPOSITION, PROBLEM, LAW, LEMMA, and SCHOLIUM of the following two books in an easy way:<br />1) THE MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY<br />2) LIFE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON<br /><br />The key contribution of Newton to the modern science and engineering was the book THE MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY. THE MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY is also called Principia. <br /><br />Book I of the Principia details the foundations of the science of mechanics. <br />Book II inaugurates the theory of fluids. Book III shows the law of gravitation at work in the universe. <br /><br />Newton also discovered measurable, mathematical patterns in the phenomenon of color through his book Opticks. He published it in 1704 and Opticks established Newton as a pioneer of the interweaving of pure theory with quantitative experimentation.<br /><br />In mathematics too, Newton made contributions to all branches of mathematics then studied and his solutions to the contemporary problems in analytical geometry of drawing tangents to curves (differentiation) and defining areas bounded by curves (integration). He discovered general methods of resolving problems of curvature, embraced in his "method of fluxions" and "inverse method of fluxions", respectively equivalent to Leibniz's later differential and integral calculus.<br /><br />Newton’s contribution to Enlightenment was also profound. His conception of the Universe based upon Natural and rationally understandable laws became one of the seeds for Enlightenment ideology. John Locke and François-Marie Arouet applied concepts of Natural Law to political systems advocating intrinsic rights; Adam Smith applied Natural conceptions of psychology and self-interest to economic systems.<br /><br />According to the very popular story, Newton figured out that the same force governed the motion of the Moon and the apple when he was on seeing an apple fall in his orchard in 1666. The story inspired millions of young minds around world to explore natural law of governing the Universe. <br /><br />Newton said: If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. This book is for those by standing on Newton’s shoulder to explore the world in any fields without fear.
Time Travel in Einstein's Universe: The Physical Possibilities of...
by J. Richard Gott

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English

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308

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August 25, 2015

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<DIV><B>A Princeton astrophysicist explores whether journeying to the past or future is scientifically possible in this “intriguing” volume (Neil deGrasse Tyson).</B><BR />  <BR /> It was H. G. Wells who coined the term “time machine”—but the concept of time travel, both forward and backward, has always provoked fascination and yearning. It has mostly been dismissed as an impossibility in the world of physics; yet theories posited by Einstein, and advanced by scientists including Stephen Hawking and Kip Thorne, suggest that the phenomenon could actually occur.<BR />  <BR /> Building on these ideas, J. Richard Gott, a professor who has written on the subject for <I>Scientific American</I>, <I>Time</I>, and other publications, describes how travel to the future is not only possible but has already happened—and contemplates whether travel to the past is also conceivable. This look at the surprising facts behind the science fiction of time travel “deserves the attention of anyone wanting wider intellectual horizons” (<I>Booklist</I>).<BR />  <BR /> “Impressively clear language. Practical tips for chrononauts on their options for travel and the contingencies to prepare for make everything sound bizarrely plausible. Gott clearly enjoys his subject and his excitement and humor are contagious; this book is a delight to read.” —<I>Publishers Weekly</I></DIV>
The Nikola Tesla Treasury
by Nikola Tesla

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English

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670

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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.

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