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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 /><b>One of聽<i>Publishers Weekly</i>鈥檚聽鈥淢ost Anticipated Books of the Fall鈥?lt;/b><br /><b><br />As you read these words, copies of you are being created.</b><br /> 聽<br /> </b>Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world鈥檚 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.聽 His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein鈥檚 theory of relativity changes, well, everything. <br /><br /> Most physicists haven鈥檛 even recognized the uncomfortable truth: physics has been in crisis since 1927. Quantum mechanics 聽has always had obvious gaps鈥攚hich have come to be simply ignored. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, 聽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 /> 聽<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 /> 聽<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鈥攐f where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of.
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
by Randall Munroe

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>AN INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b><i>鈥淗ow To</i> will make you laugh as you learn鈥ith <i>How To</i>, you can't help but appreciate the glorious complexity of our universe and the amazing breadth of humanity's effort to comprehend it. If you want some lightweight edification, you won't go wrong with <i>How To</i>.鈥?lt;i> 鈥?lt;/i>CNET</b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> <b><b>鈥淸<i>How To</i>] has science and jokes in it, so 10/10 can recommend.鈥?lt;/b> <b><i>鈥擲imone Giertz</i></b></b><br /> <b><br /> The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the bestsellers聽<i>What If?</i>聽and聽<i>Thing Explainer</i></b> <br /><br />For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. <i>How To</i> is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. <br /><br />Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun. <br /><br />By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in <i>What If?</i>, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and fun illustrations, <i>How To</i> is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
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><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Journalist Adam Higginbotham鈥檚 definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster鈥攁nd a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥攍essons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
Energy and Civilization: A History (The MIT Press)
by Vaclav Smil

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English

Pages

564

Publication Date

May 12, 2017

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<p><b>A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel鈥揹riven civilization.</b></p><p>"I wait for new Smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. In his latest book, <i>Energy and Civilization: A History</i>, he goes deep and broad to explain how innovations in humans' ability to turn energy into heat, light, and motion have been a driving force behind our cultural and economic progress over the past 10,000 years.<br /><b>鈥擝ill Gates, </b><b><i>Gates Notes</i></b><b>, Best Books of the Year</b></p><p><br />Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on Earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows鈥攔anging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity鈥攆or their civilized existence. In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel鈥揹riven civilization. <br /><br />Humans are the only species that can systematically harness energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intellect and an enormous variety of artifacts鈥攆rom the simplest tools to internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors. The epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economics, urbanization, quality of life, politics, and the environment. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview. This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's <i>Energy in World History</i> (1994). Smil has incorporated an enormous amount of new material, reflecting the dramatic developments in energy studies over the last two decades and his own research over that time.</p>
Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration of Elements, Molecules, and...
by Theodore Gray

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English

Pages

212

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b>The third book in Theodore Gray's bestselling Elements Trilogy, <i>Reactions </i>continues the journey through the world of chemistry that began with his two previous bestselling books <i>The Elements</i> and <i>Molecules</i>.</b><b><br /></b>With <i>The Elements,</i> Gray gave us a never-before-seen, mesmerizing photographic view of the 118 elements in the periodic table. In <i>Molecules</i>, he showed us how the elements combine to form the content that makes up our universe. With <i>Reactions </i>Gray once again puts his one-of-a-kind photography and storytelling ability to work demonstrating how molecules interact in ways that are essential to our very existence. The book begins with a brief recap of elements and molecules and then goes on to explain important concepts the characterize a chemical reaction, including Energy, Entropy, and Time. It is then organized by type of reaction including chapters such as "Fantastic Reactions and Where to Find Them," "On the Origin of Light and Color," "The Boring Chapter," in which we learn about reactions such as paint drying, grass growing, and water boiling, and "The Need for Speed," including topics such as weather, ignition, and fire.
The Systems Thinker - Analytical Skills: Level Up Your Decision M...
by Albert Rutherford

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

July 24, 2019

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<h2>Enhance your <b>logic, reason, judgment, and wisdom.</b> Increase your ability to <b>create concise and reasoned arguments</b> using data and evidence, to get a genuine conclusion.</h2><br /><br /><i>The Systems Thinker 鈥?Analytical Skills</i> aims to raise the level of your mental performance by focusing on the fundamentals of how to use your mind effectively. This book will show you how to:<br />鈥ncrease your ability to analyze problems and to comprehend what you read, hear, experience in a logical manner. <br />鈥?lt;b>Examine the logical structure of good and bad reasoning. </b><br />鈥ook at what type of evidence are decisions commonly based on.<br />鈥?lt;b>Detect common fallacies and rhetorical and psychological factors that can influence your thinking. </b><br /><br />The book presents the methods that good problem solvers use in understanding complex ideas. It provides practice in applying these methods to a variety of comprehension, analytical, and reasoning questions. It also includes a number of logical thinking problems to hone your logical thinking skills.<br /><br /><h2>Use these intellectual skills to analyze anything you might think about - questions, problems, disciplines.</h2><br />鈥he most widely used forms of analysis.<br />鈥?lt;b>Guidance and practice to monitor your thoughts with the help of intellectual tools.</b><br />鈥earn to question purposes, problems, information, and concepts.<br />鈥?lt;b>Interdisciplinary analytical tools to understand and assess your own reasoning, be it about a highly technical question or your everyday life. </b><br /><br /><i> The Systems Thinker 鈥?Analytical Skills </i> helps you to find the most fundamental logic of any discipline, problem, or thesis. Transfer your knowledge between and among subjects and fields of observation. <br /><br />鈥earn four types of profound analysis.<br />鈥?lt;b>Learn to read and create statistical charts.</b><br />鈥earn and correct the most frequent errors in reasoning.<br />鈥?lt;b>Learn to complement your analytical thinking tools with synthetic, systemic, critical, and creative thinking tools.</b><br /><br />Good analytical thinking skills are deeply <u>necessary if you are working in business, education, law, politics, and economics</u>. Understanding the underlying structure of a problem can help you come up with the best solution. <br /><br />Adopt analytical thinking skills to make better decisions, assess situations more accurately, and persuade other people with more success to consider your point of view. This book serves as a springboard toward analytic proficiency.<br />
Einstein's Dice and Schr枚dinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battl...
by Paul Halpern

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English

Pages

283

Publication Date

April 14, 2015

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<b>"A fascinating and thought-provoking story, one that sheds light on the origins of... the current challenging situation in physics."</b><i><b>--Wall Street Journal</b></i><br />When the fuzzy indeterminacy of quantum mechanics overthrew the orderly world of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Erwin Schr枚dinger were at the forefront of the revolution. Neither man was ever satisfied with the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics, however, and both rebelled against what they considered the most preposterous aspect of quantum mechanics: its randomness. Einstein famously quipped that God does not play dice with the universe, and Schr枚dinger constructed his famous fable of a cat that was neither alive nor dead not to explain quantum mechanics but to highlight the apparent absurdity of a theory gone wrong. But these two giants did more than just criticize: they fought back, seeking a Theory of Everything that would make the universe seem sensible again.<br /><br />In <i>Einstein's Dice and Schr枚dinger's Cat</i>, physicist Paul Halpern tells the little-known story of how Einstein and Schr枚dinger searched, first as collaborators and then as competitors, for a theory that transcended quantum weirdness. This story of their quest-which ultimately failed-provides readers with new insights into the history of physics and the lives and work of two scientists whose obsessions drove its progress.<br /><br />Today, much of modern physics remains focused on the search for a Theory of Everything. As Halpern explains, the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson makes the Standard Model-the closest thing we have to a unified theory- nearly complete. And while Einstein and Schr枚dinger failed in their attempt to explain everything in the cosmos through pure geometry, the development of string theory has, in its own quantum way, brought this idea back into vogue. As in so many things, even when they were wrong, Einstein and Schr枚dinger couldn't help but get a great deal right.<br />
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聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking鈥檚 book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin鈥攁nd what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending鈥攐r 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,聽<i>A Brief History of Time</i>聽plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and 鈥渁rrows of time,鈥?of the big bang and a bigger God鈥攚here 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.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Quest...
by Randall Munroe

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

September 02, 2014

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<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></p> Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe鈥檚 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鈥?strangest questions.<p></p> <p></p> The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:<p></p> <p></p> 鈥?What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?<p></p> 鈥?Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?<p></p> 鈥?What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?<p></p> 鈥?Are fire tornadoes possible?<p></p> <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> <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.
Thinking in Systems: A Primer
by Donella H. Meadows

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English

Pages

233

Publication Date

December 03, 2008

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<p>In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, <em>Limits to Growth</em>鈥攖he first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet鈥?Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001.</p><br /><br /><p><em>Thinking in Systems</em>, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute鈥檚 Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.</p><br /><br /><p>Some of the biggest problems facing the world鈥攚ar, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation鈥攁re essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.</p><br /><br /><p>While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner.</p><br /><br /><p>In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, <em>Thinking in Systems</em> helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.</p>

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