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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.
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark

Language

English

Pages

382

Publication Date

August 29, 2017

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<b><i>New York Times</i>聽Best Seller<br /><br />How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology鈥攁nd there鈥檚 nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who鈥檚 helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.</b><br /> 聽<br /> How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today鈥檚 kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?<br /> 聽<br /> What sort of future do <i>you</i> want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn鈥檛 shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues鈥攆rom superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.
The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing,...
by , William T. FitzGerald

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 07, 2016

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With more than three-quarters of a million copies sold since its first publication, <i>The Craft of Research</i> has helped generations of researchers at every level鈥攆rom first-year undergraduates聽to advanced graduate students聽to research reporters in business and government鈥攍earn how to conduct effective and meaningful research. Conceived by seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, this fundamental work explains how to find and evaluate sources,聽anticipate and respond to reader reservations, and聽integrate these pieces into an argument that stands up to reader critique.<br /><br /><br /><br />The fourth edition has been thoroughly but respectfully revised by Joseph Bizup and William T. FitzGerald. It retains the original five-part structure, as well as the sound advice of earlier editions, but reflects the way research and writing are taught and practiced today. Its chapters on finding and engaging sources now incorporate recent developments in library and Internet research, emphasizing new techniques made possible by online databases and search engines. Bizup and FitzGerald provide fresh examples and standardized terminology to clarify concepts like <i>argument</i>, <i>warrant</i>, and <i>problem</i>.<br /><br /><br /><br />Following the same guiding principle as earlier editions鈥攖hat the skills of doing and reporting research are not just for elite students but for everyone鈥攖his new edition retains the accessible voice and direct approach that have made <i>The Craft of Research</i> a leader in the field of research reference. With updated examples and information on evaluation and using聽contemporary sources, this beloved classic is ready for the next generation of researchers.
Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
by Adam Savage

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎n imperative how-to for creativity.鈥?鈥擭ick Offerman</b><br /> <br /> <b>Adam Savage鈥攕tar of Discovery Channel鈥檚 <i>Mythbusters </i>and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech鈥攕hares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality.</b><br /><br /><i>Every Tool</i>鈥?lt;i>s a Hammer </i>is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It鈥檚 an exploration of making and of my own productive obsessions, but it鈥檚 also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you鈥檙e interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.<br /> <br />Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and break顱ing, along with the lessons I learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop鈥檚 worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that I use most often. Things like: <b>In Every Tool There Is a Hammer</b>鈥攄on鈥檛 wait until everything is perfect to begin a project, and if you don鈥檛 have the exact right tool for a task, just use whatever鈥檚 handy; <b>Increase Your Loose Tolerance</b>鈥攎aking is messy and filled with screwups, but that鈥檚 okay, as creativity is a path with twists and turns and not a straight line to be found; <b>Use More Cooling Fluid</b>鈥攊t prolongs the life of blades and bits, and it prevents tool failure, but beyond that it鈥檚 a reminder to slow down and reduce the fric顱tion in your work and relationships; <b>Screw Before You Glue</b>鈥攎echanical fasteners allow you to change and modify a project while glue is forever but sometimes you just need the right glue, so I dig into which ones will do the job with the least harm and best effects.<br /> <br />This toolbox also includes lessons from many other incredible makers and creators, including: Jamie Hyneman, Nick Offerman, Pixar director Andrew Stanton, Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, artist Tom Sachs, and chef Traci Des Jardins. And if everything goes well, we will hopefully save you a few mistakes (and maybe fingers) as well as help you turn your curiosities into creations.<br /> <br />I hope this book inspires you to build, make, invent, explore, and鈥攎ost of all鈥攅njoy the thrills of being a creator.
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern Wo...
by Simon Winchester

Language

English

Pages

411

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p>The revered <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement鈥攑recision鈥攊n a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.</p><p>The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools鈥攎achines that make machines. Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras鈥攁nd eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider.</p><p>Simon Winchester takes us back to origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph Whitworth. It was Thomas Jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward through time, to today鈥檚 cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.</p><p>As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. Why is precision important? What are the different tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society?</p>
Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects
by Mike Warren

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English

Pages

144

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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What exactly is inside a laptop, a golf ball, a vacuum cleaner, or a novelty singing fish toy? The insides of these and dozens of other objects are revealed in this photographic exploration of the stuff all around us, exposed and explained. With the help of a high-pressure waterjet cutter able to slice through 4 inches of steel plate, designer and fabricator Mike Warren (creator of the popular Cut in Half YouTube channel) cuts into everything from boom boxes to boxing gloves, oil filters to seashells, describing and demystifying the inner workings and materials of each. With gorgeously detailed photography, <em>Cut in Half</em> is a fascinating and accessible popular science look at the extraordinary in the everyday.
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan

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English

Pages

457

Publication Date

July 06, 2011

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<b><b>A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace</b><br /><br /><b>鈥?lt;/b>A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.鈥濃€?lt;i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br /> How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don鈥檛 understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.<br /><br /> Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for<i> The Demon-Haunted World</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淧owerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post Book World</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淐ompelling.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎 clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Sciences</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淧assionate.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle</i></b>
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebo...
by Richard Preston

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

March 14, 2012

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<b>The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus.</b> <br /><br /><b>Now a聽mini-series drama starring Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham, James D'Arcy, and Noah Emmerich on National Geographic.<br /></b><br />A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. <i>The Hot Zone</i> tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, <i>The Hot Zone</i> proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.
The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers
by Johnny Saldana

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

November 02, 2015

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<p><strong>Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy聽</strong></p><br /><p>Johnny Salda帽a鈥檚 unique and invaluable manual demystifies the qualitative coding process with a comprehensive assessment of different coding types, examples and exercises. The ideal reference for students, teachers, and practitioners of qualitative inquiry, it is essential reading across the social sciences and neatly guides you through the multiple approaches available for coding qualitative data.</p><br /><p>Its wide array of strategies, from the more straightforward to the more complex, is skillfully explained and carefully exemplified providing a complete toolkit of codes and skills that can be applied to any research project. For each code Salda帽a provides information about the method's origin, gives a detailed description of the method, demonstrates its practical applications, and sets out a clearly illustrated example with analytic follow-up.聽<br /><br /><br /><br />Now with a companion website, the book is supported by:聽</p><br /><ul><br /> <li>SAGE journal articles showing coding being applied to real research </li><br /> <li>Sample transcripts highlighting coding techniques </li><br /> <li>Links to CAQDAS sites to introduce relevant software </li><br /> <li>Practical student exercises Links to video and digital content聽聽 </li><br /></ul><br /><p>This international bestseller is an extremely usable, robust manual and is a must-have resource for qualitative researchers at all levels.<br /><br /><br /><br />Click here for a listing of Johnny Salda帽a's upcoming workshops.</p>
Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
by Sabine Hossenfelder

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English

Pages

270

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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<b>A contrarian argues that modern physicists' obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science</b> <br />Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these "too good to not be true" theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth.<br /><br />

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