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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel H. Pink

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English

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268

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January 09, 2018

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<b>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 /><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.
The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far
by Lawrence M. Krauss

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English

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337

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March 21, 2017

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<b>Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>A Universe from Nothing</i>, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality—a grand poetic vision of nature—and how we find our place within it.</b><BR><BR><i>In the beginning there was light. </i><BR> <i>But more than this, there was gravity. </i><BR> <i>After that, all hell broke loose…</i><BR> <BR> In <i>A Universe from Nothing</i>, Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, he reveals what that something—reality—is. And, reality is not what we think or sense—it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive; it’s hidden beneath everyday experience; and its inner workings seem even stranger than the idea that something can come from nothing.<BR> <BR> In a landmark, unprecedented work of scientific history, Krauss leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of the remarkable, creative scientists who have helped to unravel the unexpected fabric of reality—with reason rather than superstition and dogma. Krauss has himself been an active participant in this effort, and he knows many of them well.<i> The Greatest Story </i>challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that “God” does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his scintillating essays for <i>The New Yorker</i>, Krauss celebrates the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken—to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction.
The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force That Created the M...
by Alanna Mitchell

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English

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335

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January 30, 2018

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<b>The mystery of Earth's invisible, life-supporting power</b><br /><br />Alanna Mitchell's globe-trotting history of the science of electromagnetism and the Earth's magnetic field--right up to the latest indications that the North and South Poles may soon reverse, with apocalyptic results--will soon change the way you think about our planet.<br /><br />Award-winning journalist Alanna Mitchell's science storytelling introduce intriguing characters--from the thirteenth-century French investigations into magnetism and the Victorian-era discover that electricity and magnetism emerge from the same fundamental force to the latest research. No one has ever told so eloquently how the Earth itself came to be seen as a magnet, spinning in space with two poles, and that those poles have dramatically reversed many time, often coinciding with mass extinctions. The most recent reversal was 780,000 years ago.<br /><br />Mitchell explores indications that the Earth's magnetic force field is decaying faster than previously thought. When the poles switch, a process that takes many years, the Earth is unprotected from solar radiation storms that would, among other disturbances, wipe out much and possible all of our electromagnetic technology. Navigation for all kinds of animals is disrupted without a stable, magnetic North Pole. But can you imagine no satellites, no Internet, no smartphones--maybe no power grids at all?<br /><br />Alanna Mitchell offers a beautifully crafted narrative history of surprising ideas and science, illuminating invisible parts of our own planet that are constantly changing around us.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Quest...
by Randall Munroe

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English

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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>
Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics
by Jim Al-Khalili

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English

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306

Publication Date

October 23, 2012

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<b>A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes.<br /></b><br />   Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense.  These we call paradoxes.  The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds.  For example, how can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time?  Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs?  And how can a person be ten years older than his twin?<br /><br />   With elegant explanations that bring the reader inside the mind of those who've developed them, Al-Khalili helps us to see that, in fact, paradoxes can be solved if seen from the right angle.  Just as surely as Al-Khalili narrates the enduring fascination of these classic paradoxes, he reveals their underlying logic.  In doing so, he brings to life a select group of the most exciting concepts in human knowledge.  <i>Paradox</i> is mind-expanding fun.
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes

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English

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896

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September 18, 2012

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Twenty-five years after its initial publication, <i>The Making of the Atomic Bomb </i>remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book details the science, the people, and the socio-political realities that led to the development of the atomic bomb.<BR><BR>This sweeping account begins in the 19th century, with the discovery of nuclear fission, and continues to World War Two and the Americans’ race to beat Hitler’s Nazis. That competition launched the Manhattan Project and the nearly overnight construction of a vast military-industrial complex that culminated in the fateful dropping of the first bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.<BR><BR>Reading like a character-driven suspense novel, the book introduces the players in this saga of physics, politics, and human psychology—from FDR and Einstein to the visionary scientists who pioneered quantum theory and the application of thermonuclear fission, including Planck, Szilard, Bohr, Oppenheimer, Fermi, Teller, Meitner, von Neumann, and Lawrence.<BR> <BR>From nuclear power’s earliest foreshadowing in the work of H.G. Wells to the bright glare of Trinity at Alamogordo and the arms race of the Cold War, this dread invention forever changed the course of human history, and <i>The Making of The Atomic Bom</i>b provides a panoramic backdrop for that story.<BR> <BR>Richard Rhodes’s ability to craft compelling biographical portraits is matched only by his rigorous scholarship. Told in rich human, political, and scientific detail that any reader can follow, <i>The Making of the Atomic Bomb </i>is a thought-provoking and masterful work.
The Dance of Time: The Origins of the Calendar
by Michael Judge

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English

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264

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November 21, 2011

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<div>Did you know that the ancient Romans left sixty days of winter out of their calendar, considering these two months a dead time of lurking terror and therefore better left unnamed? That they had a horror of even numbers, hence the tendency for months with an odd number of days? That robed and bearded druids from the Celts stand behind our New Year’s figure of Father Time? That if Thursday is Thor’s day, then Friday belongs to his faithful wife, Freya, queen of the Norse gods? That the name Easter may derive from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre, whose consort was a hare, our Easter Bunny? <p>Three streams of history created the Western calendar—first from the Sumerians, then from the Celtic and Germanic peoples in the North, and finally from Palestine with the rise of Christianity. Michael Judge teases out the contributions of each stream to the shape of the calendar, to the days and holidays, and to associated lore. In them, he finds glimpses of a way of seeing before the mechanical time of clocks, when the rhythms of man and woman matched those of earth and sky, and the sacred was born.</p></div>
The River of Consciousness
by Oliver Sacks

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English

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256

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October 24, 2017

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<b>From the best-selling author of <i>Gratitude, On the Move, </i>and<i> Musicophilia,</i> a collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks's passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience.</b> <br /><br />Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (<i>Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars</i>) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders--autism, Tourette's syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (<i>Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude</i>). Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology. <i>The River of Consciousness</i> is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
by Carlo Rovelli

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English

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283

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January 24, 2017

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<b>“The man who makes physics sexy . . . the scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking.” </b>—<b><i>The Times Magazine</i><br /><br />From the <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics </i>and the forthcoming <i>The Order of Time</i>, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.</b><br /><br />What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today. <br /><br />In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i>. <br /><br />This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered.
The Power of Eight: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small...
by Lynne McTaggart

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English

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321

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September 26, 2017

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<b>“This is a monumentally significant book, a once-in-a-generation work that will turn the tide in how we unleash the power of healing for each other and for the world. Drink in its meticulous and transparent scientific method, its countless uplifting stories of vivid healing breakthroughs and its breathtakingly luminous vision. Then go manifest <i>The Power of Eight.</i>” —James O'Dea, peace activist, former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of <i>Soul Awakening Practice</i></b><BR><BR>Discover how to tap into your extraordinary human capacity for connection and healing, using astonishing new findings about the miraculous power of group intention and its boomerang effect, in this new book by the author of the international bestsellers<i> The Intention Experiment </i>and <i>The Field</i>.<BR> <BR>What we send out into the universe comes back to us, magnified. Although the power of intention—the energy of positive thoughts—is widely accepted as an influential force in transforming lives, the exponential power of group intention has never been explored, until now. In <i>The Power of Eight</i>, Lynne McTaggart, an expert on the science of spirituality, reveals her remarkable findings from ten years of experiments about how group intention can heal our lives—and change the world for the better. Drawing on hundreds of case studies, the latest brain research, and dozens of McTaggart’s own university studies, <i>The Power of Eight </i>provides solid evidence showing that there is such a thing as a collective consciousness. Now you can learn to use it and unleash the power you hold inside of you to heal your own life with help from this riveting, highly accessible new book.

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