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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (The Best Ameri...
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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English

Pages

388

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>A NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br /> Sy Montgomery, <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author and recipient of numerous awards, edits this year鈥檚聽volume of the finest聽science and nature writing.</b><br /><br /> 鈥淪cience is important because this is how we seek to discover the truth about the world. And this is what makes excellent science and nature writing essential,鈥?observes <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author Sy Montgomery. 鈥淪cience and nature writing are how we share the truth about the universe with the people of the world.鈥?And collected here are truths about nearly every corner of the universe. From meditations on extinction, to the search for alien life, to the prejudice that infects our medical system, the pieces in this year鈥檚 <i>Best American Science and Nature Writing </i>seek to bring to the people stories of some of the most pressing issues facing our planet, as well as moments of wonder reflecting the immense beauty our natural world offers.<br /> 聽
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Re...
by Dr. Steven Novella

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English

Pages

473

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>The <i>USA TODAY</i> bestseller </b><b>is now in paperback with a new chapter on Global Warming! This</b><b> all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts</b><b>, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction."</b><b><br /></b>It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. There really are no ultimate authority figures-no one has the secret, and there is no place to look up the definitive answers to our questions (not even Google).<br /> Luckily, THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella-along with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein-will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories-from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N- rays. You'll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co- worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking. <br /><br /> So are you ready to join them on an epic scientific quest, one that has taken us from huddling in dark caves to setting foot on the moon? (Yes, we really did that.) DON'T PANIC! With THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, we can do this together.<br /><br /><b>"Thorough, informative, and enlightening, <i>The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe</i> inoculates you against the frailties and shortcomings of human cognition. If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilization unravel before our eyes."</b><b>--Neil deGrasse Tyson</b><br /><b>"In this age of real and fake information, your ability to reason, to think in scientifically skeptical fashion, is the most important skill you can have. Read <i>The Skeptics' Guide Universe</i>; get better at reasoning. And if this claim about the importance of reason is wrong, <i>The Skeptics' Guide </i>will help you figure that out, too." </b><b>--Bill Nye<br /></b><br />
A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

692

Publication Date

November 30, 2010

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<b>This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson鈥檚 exciting, informative journey into the world of science.</b><i><br /></i><br />In <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, the bestselling author聽of <i>A Walk in the Woods </i>and<i> The Body,</i>聽confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand鈥攁nd, if possible, answer鈥攖he oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being <i>us</i>. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.<br /><br />Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson鈥檚 words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.
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.
Human Nature
by David Berlinski

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English

Pages

329

Publication Date

November 11, 2019

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Conventional wisdom holds that the murder rate has plummeted since the Middle Ages; humankind is growing more peaceful and enlightened; man is shortly to be much improved鈥攂etter genes, better neural circuits, better biochemistry; and we are approaching a technological singularity that well may usher in utopia. Human Nature eviscerates these and other doctrines of a contemporary nihilism masquerading as science. In this wide-ranging work polymath David Berlinski draws upon history, mathematics, logic, and literature to retrain our gaze on an old truth many are eager to forget: there is and will be about the human condition beauty, nobility, and moments of sublime insight, yes, but also ignorance and depravity. Men are not about to become like gods.
Letters from an Astrophysicist
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em>.</strong></p><br /><p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world鈥檚 largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.</p><br /><p>Tyson鈥檚 2017 bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em> offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson鈥檚 most candid and heartfelt writing yet, <em>Letters from an Astrophysicist</em> introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson鈥檚 quest to explore our place in the cosmos.</p>
From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science
by Martin Rees

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English

Pages

145

Publication Date

June 18, 2012

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<p><strong>One of our greatest scientific minds reflects on the role of science in the twenty-first century.</strong></p><br /><p>In this riveting, eye-opening new book, preeminent astrophysicist Martin Rees charts out the future of science, offering a compelling vision of how scientists and laypeople can work together to address the most urgent issues of our era鈥攊ncluding climate change and energy concerns, population growth, and epidemiological threats.</p><br /><p>Scientific research is crucial to a growing number of policy decisions, but in our public discussions, ideology and indignation all too often threaten to drown out research and evidence. To shape debates over health care, energy policy, space travel, and other vital issues, ordinary citizens must engage directly with research rather than relying on pundits鈥?and politicians鈥?interpretations. Otherwise, fringe opinions that have been discredited in the scientific community can take hold in the public imagination. At the same time, scientists must understand their roles as communicators and ambassadors as well as researchers.</p><br /><p>Rees not only diagnoses this central problem but also explains how scientists and the general public can deploy a global, long-term perspective to address the new challenges we face. In the process, he reveals critical shortcomings in our current system鈥攆or example, the tendency to be overly anxious about minor hazards while underrating the risk of potential catastrophes. Offering a strikingly clear portrait of the future of science, Rees tackles such diverse topics as the human brain, the possibility that humans will colonize other planets, and the existence of extraterrestrial life in order to distinguish between what scientists can hope to discover and what will always lie beyond our grasp.</p><br /><p>A fresh perspective on science鈥檚 significance and potential, <em>From Here to Infinity</em> will inspire and enlighten.</p>
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Bril...
by , Matthew Sands

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English

Pages

180

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<b>"If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be <i>Six Easy Pieces.</i>"- John Gribbin, <i>New Scientist</i></b><br />It was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. <i>Six Easy Pieces</i>, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represent the most accessible material from the series.<br />In these classic lessons, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, energy, gravitation, quantum mechanics, and the relationship of physics to other topics. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with a minimum of jargon. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, <i>Six Easy Pieces</i> is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times.
Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries
by Lisa Sanders

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>A collection of more than fifty hard-to-crack medical quandaries, featuring the best of <i>The New York Times Magazine's </i>popular Diagnosis column鈥攏ow a Netflix original series</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淟isa Sanders is a paragon of the modern medical detective storyteller.鈥濃€擜tul Gawande, author of聽<i>Being Mortal</i></b><br /><br />As a Yale School of Medicine physician, the聽<i>New York Times聽</i>bestselling author of聽<i>Every Patient Tells a Story,聽</i>and an inspiration and adviser for the hit Fox TV drama聽<i>House, M.D.,聽</i>Lisa Sanders has seen it all. And yet she is often confounded by the cases she describes in her column: unexpected collections of symptoms that she and other physicians struggle to diagnose.聽<br /><br />A twenty-eight-year-old man, vacationing in the Bahamas for his birthday, tries some barracuda for dinner. Hours later, he collapses on the dance floor with crippling stomach pains. A middle-aged woman returns to her doctor, after visiting two days earlier with a mild rash on the back of her hands. Now the rash has turned purple and has spread across her entire body in whiplike streaks. A young elephant trainer in a traveling circus, once head-butted by a rogue zebra, is suddenly beset with splitting headaches, as if someone were 鈥渟lamming a door inside his head.鈥?lt;br /><br />In each of these cases, the path to diagnosis鈥攁nd treatment鈥攊s winding, sometimes frustratingly unclear. Dr. Sanders shows how making the right diagnosis requires expertise, painstaking procedure, and sometimes a little luck. Intricate, gripping, and full of twists and turns, <i>Diagnosis</i> puts readers in the doctor鈥檚 place. It lets them see what doctors see, feel the uncertainty they feel鈥攁nd experience the thrill when the puzzle is finally solved.
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

November 17, 2007

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<p><strong>"[Tyson] tackles a great range of subjects鈥ith great humor, humility, and鈥攎ost important鈥攈umanity." 鈥?lt;em>Entertainment Weekly</em></strong></p><br /><p>Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in <em>Natural History</em> magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, <em>Death by Black Hole</em> explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.</p>

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