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Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries,

By: Brockman, John

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Seller ID: 9780062562067

ISBN: 0062562061

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What is You Dangerous Idea?

By: Brockman, John

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Publisher: PERENNIAL: 4/22/2011

Seller ID: 9780061214950

ISBN: 0061214957

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From Copernicus to Darwin, to current-day thinkers, scientists have always promoted theories and unveiled discoveries that challenge everything society holds dear; ideas with both positive and dire consequences. Many thoughts that resonate today are dangerous not because they are assumed to be false, but because they might turn out to be true. What do the world's leading scientists and thinkers consider to be their most dangerous idea? Through the leading online forum Edge (www.edge.org), the call went out, and this compelling and easily digestible volume collects the answers. From using... View more info

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What Are You Optimistic About?

By: Brockman, John

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Publisher: PERENNIAL: 9/11/2010

Seller ID: 9780061436932

ISBN: 0061436933

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The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon. John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online salon, recently asked more than 150 high-powered scientific thinkers to answer a vital question for our frequently pessimistic times: "What are you optimistic about?"Spanning a wide range of topics--from string theory to education, from population growth to medicine, and even from global warming to the end of world--What Are You Optimistic About? is an i... View more info

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What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything

By: Brockman, John

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Publisher: PERENNIAL:

Seller ID: 9780061686542

ISBN: 0061686549

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Even geniuses change their minds sometimes.Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online intellectual salon, recently asked 150 high-powered thinkers to discuss their most telling missteps and reconsiderations: What have you changed your mind about? The answers were brilliant, eye-opening, fascinating, sometimes shocking, and certain to kick-start countless passionate debates.Read Steven Pinker on the future of human evolution - Richard Dawkins on the mysteries of courtship - Sam Harris on the indifference of Mother Nature - Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the irrelevance of probability - Chri... View more info

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Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Work

By: Brockman, John

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Publisher: PERENNIAL: 7/17/2017

Seller ID: 9780062230171

ISBN: 0062230174

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Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, This Explains Everything will revolutionize your understanding of the world.What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"--The Guardian), posed to the world's most influential minds. Flowing from the horizons of physics, economics, psychology, neuroscience, and more, This Explains Everything presents 150 of the most surprising and brilliant theories of the way of our minds, societies, and universe work.Jared Diamond on biologic... View more info

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Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge

By: Brockman, max

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Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS:

Seller ID: 9780307741912

ISBN: 0307741915

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Editor Max Brockman presents the work of some of today's brightest and most innovative young researchers in this fascinating collection of writings that introduce the very latest theories and discoveries in science. "Future Science" features eighteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Included in this collection are * William McEwan, a virologist, discussing his research into the biology of antiviral immunity * Naomi Eisenberger, a neuroscientist, wondering how social rejection affects us physically * ... View more info

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Starship & the Canoe

By: Brower, Kenneth

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Seller ID: 0060910305

ISBN: 0060910305

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The story of a father and son who search for life's meaning in very different ways. "In the tradition of Carl Sagan and John McPhee, a bracing cerebral voyage past intergalactic hoopla and backwoods retreats.""--Kirkus Reviews" View more info

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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

By: Brown, Mike

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Publisher: 6/28/2014

Seller ID: 9780385531085

ISBN: 0385531087

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The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye. The debate culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of "dwarf" planet. Suddenly Brown was receivi... View more info

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Short History of Nearly Everything

By: Bryson, Bill

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Seller ID: 9780552997041

ISBN: 0552997048

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One of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the ri... View more info

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Short History of Nearly Everything

By: Bryson, Bill

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Publisher: BROADWAY BOOKS: 7/2/2014

Seller ID: 9780767908184

ISBN: 076790818X

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One of the world's most beloved writers and bestselling author of "One Summer" takes his ultimate journey--into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In "A Walk in the Woods," Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail--well, most of it. In "A Sunburned Country," he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand--and, if possible, answer--the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Bi... View more info

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Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Soc

By: Bryson, Bill

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Seller ID: 9780061999765

ISBN: 0061999768

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Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, with original contributions from "a glittering array of scientific writing talent" (Sunday Observer) including Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Richard Holmes, Martin Rees, Richard Fortey, Steve Jones, James Gleick, and Neal Stephenson, among others, this incomparable book tells the spectacular story of science and the international Royal Society, from 1660 to the present. Seeing Further is also gorgeously illustrated with photographs, documents, and treasures from the Society's exclusive archives.On a damp weeknight in November three hundred and fi... View more info

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Ubiquity: The Science of History . . . or Why the World Is Simpler Than We Think

By: Buchanan, Mark

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Publisher: 5/9/2017

Seller ID: 9780609608104

ISBN: 060960810X

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The story of the discovery of a remarkable new fundamental law of nature -- the law of universality -- which is the biggest new idea in science since chaos and complexity. The law of universality at last explains why a vast range of totally unpredictable, cataclysmic events happen -- and why they are inevitable -- from major earthquakes and forest fires, to mass animal extinctions, and even events that are dependent on human behavior, such as stock market crashes, massive traffic jams, the wild-fire spread of fashionable ideas, and the outbreak of major wars.The search for the causes of the... View more info

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Dragonfly: NASA And The Crisis Aboard Mir

By: Burrough, Bryan

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Seller ID: 9780887307836

ISBN: 0887307833

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From Bryan Burrough, one of the nation's premier nonfiction writers, comes Dragonfly, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes account of NASA's adventurous, and at times chaotic, three-year involvement with Russia's Mir space station -- a mission plagued with problems ranging from simple language barriers to near-fatal mechanical disasters. Detailing the successes and mishaps of the space program's most ambitious international partnership, "Dragonfly" is at once compelling and utterly absorbing...a real-life outer space journey that readers will not soon forget. View more info

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Dragonfly: An Epic Adventure of Survival in Outer Space

By: Burrough, Bryan

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Seller ID: 9780060932695

ISBN: 0060932694

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In this riveting account of the ill-fated American missions to MIR, bestselling author Bryan Burrough tells the incredible true story of how a joint Russian-American crew narrowly survived almost every trauma an astronaut could imagine: fire, power blackouts, chemical leaks, docking failures, nail-biting spacewalks and constant mechanical breakdowns, all climaxing in a dramatic midspace collision that left everyone on board scrambling for their lives. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the cosmonauts, astronauts, Russian and American ground controllers, psychologists, and scien... View more info

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Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire: And Other Papers on the Second Law of T

By: Carnot, Sadi

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Publisher: DOVER PUBN INC:

Seller ID: 9780486446417

ISBN: 0486446417

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The title essay, along with other papers in this volume, laid the foundation of modern thermodynamics. Highly readable, "Reflections" contains no arguments that depend on calculus, examining the relation between heat and work in terms of heat in steam engines, air-engines, and an internal combustion machine. Translation of 1890 edition. View more info

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Big Switch, The: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

By: Carr, Nicholas

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Publisher: 4/17/2015

Seller ID: 9780393333947

ISBN: 0393333949

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Building on the success of his industry-shaking Does IT Matter? Nicholas Carr returns with The Big Switch, a sweeping look at how a new computer revolution is reshaping business, society, and culture. Just as companies stopped generating their own power and plugged into the newly built electric grid some hundred years ago, today it's computing that's turning into a utility. The effects of this transition will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. The Big Switch provides a panoramic view of the new world being conjured from the circuits of the "World Wide Computer." ... View more info

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Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory

By: Carroll, Michael Christopher

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Publisher: PERENNIAL: 11/30/2009

Seller ID: 9780060781842

ISBN: 006078184X

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Strictly off limits to the public, Plum Island is home to virginal beaches, cliffs, forests, ponds -- and the deadliest germs that have ever roamed the planet. Lab 257 blows the lid off the stunning true nature and checkered history of Plum Island. It shows that the seemingly bucolic island in the shadow of New York City is a ticking biological time bomb that none of us can safely ignore.Based on declassified government documents, in-depth interviews, and access to Plum Island itself, this is an eye-opening, suspenseful account of a federal government germ laboratory gone terribly wrong.... View more info

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Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us t

By: Carroll, Sean

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Publisher: PLUME:

Seller ID: 9780142180303

ISBN: 0142180300

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"A modern voyage of discovery." --Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of "The Lightness of Being " The Higgs boson is one of our era's most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, "The God Particle," was a bestseller. Now, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening--after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland--into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. "The Particle at the End of the Universe" has it all: money and ... View more info

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Making of the Fittest

By: Carroll, Sean B.

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Publisher: W W NORTON & CO INC: 7/22/2014

Seller ID: 9780393330519

ISBN: 0393330516

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DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest.In the pages of this highly readable narrative, Sean Carroll guides the general reader on a tour of t... View more info

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Science Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Science

By: Cassell

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Seller ID: 9780304359189

ISBN: 0304359181

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From the world's greatest scientists--the world's greatest science book With a foreword written by critically acclaimed author Simon Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem) and essays by such major writers as Richard Dawkings, Susan Greenfield, and John Gribbin, it presents 250 of the most significant milestones in the history of scientific discovery. Accompanying this unique perspective on our ever-evolving view of the universe are some of the most visually dramatic illustrations you'll ever see. Short, lucid articles focus on everything from the speculations of the ancient Greeks to today's Nobel Pri... View more info