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The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Unde...
by Susannah Cahalan

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>"One of America's most courageous young journalists" and the author of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir <i>Brain on Fire</i> investigates the shocking mystery behind the dramatic experiment that revolutionized modern medicine (NPR<i>).</i></b><br /><br />Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity--how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what <i>it </i>is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, healthy, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. <br /><br /> But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows in this real-life detective story, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors?
The Wormwood Prophecy: NASA, Donald Trump, and a Cosmic Cover-up ...
by Thomas Horn

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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<b>Does the Bible predict an asteroid鈥r something else?</b><br /> 聽<br /> This book will challenge your聽interpretation of end-times theology and help you sharpen your understanding in light of current times.<br /> 聽<br /><b>Does Revelation 8:10鈥?1 describe an asteroid?</b><br /> Is the Wormwood star from Revelation 8 already headed toward Earth? Are NASA and high-level government officials aware of an asteroid that is on a collision course with our planet? Is that why President Trump sanctioned a colossal increase to planetary defense? Do the prophecies from ancient cultures and religions across the globe all point to a catastrophic planetary event that has scientists and politicians taking extreme preventative measures under the public radar?<br /> 聽<br /> Earth is not currently prepared for the scope of impact that may be just around the corner, and people in high places know it鈥?lt;br /> But what will the biblical Wormwood actually be? Traditional scholarly interpretation claims it will be an asteroid. Others postulate that the eschatological poisoning of one-third of all Earth's waters and the devastation of our planet's ecology might not be as detectable as we may believe: it could hit suddenly and without warning, like an angel of God appearing in the sky with fire and light, bringing judgment in an instant.<br /> 聽<br /><b>Follow Thomas Horn as he blazes a trail through these questions and many others, posing answers that very few in the church today are willing to provide.</b><br /><br /><b>FEATURES AND BENEFITS:</b><ul><li>Examines asteroid threats to Earth, including Apophis (named after the Egyptian god of chaos), which is a topic of serious discussion among experts in planetary defense</li><li>Includes interviews with government impact specialists, scientists, Bible scholars, and prophecy experts</li></ul>
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical...
by Michael S. Schneider

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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<p></p><strong>The Universe May Be a Mystery,<br />But It's No Secret</strong><p></p><p>Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture. This is a new view of mathematics, not the one we learned at school but a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. <em>A Beginner's Guide to Constructing, the Universe</em> shows you: </p><p></p><ul><li>Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round.<p></p><p></p></li><li>Why one and two weren't considered numbers by the ancient Greeks.<p></p> <p></p></li><li>Why squares show up so often in goddess art and board games.<p></p> <p></p></li><li>What property makes the spiral the most widespread shape in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies. <p></p><p></p></li><li>How the human body shares the design of a bean plant and the solar system. <p></p><p></p></li><li>How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar. <p></p><p></p></li><li>How our ten fingers hold the secrets of both a lobster and a cathedral. <p></p><p></p></li><li>And much more. </li></ul><p></p>
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and ...
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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English

Pages

410

Publication Date

September 16, 2013

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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In <i>Braiding Sweetgrass</i>, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on 鈥渁 journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise鈥?(Elizabeth Gilbert).<br /><br /> Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings鈥攁sters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass鈥攐ffer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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In <i>Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future</i>, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way. <br /><br />聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Tales from Both Sides of the Brain (Enhanced Edition): A Life in ...
by Michael S. Gazzaniga

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English

Pages

453

Publication Date

February 24, 2015

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<p><strong>With extensive video footage of his trailblazing cognitive experiments, Michael Gazzaniga鈥攖he 鈥渇ather of cognitive neuroscience鈥濃€攊lluminates the discoveries behind his groundbreaking work in this enhanced digital edition of <em>Tales from Both Sides of the Brain.</em></strong></p><p>Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword by Steven Pinker.</p><p>In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, 鈥渢he father of cognitive neuroscience,鈥?was part of a team of pioneering neuroscientists who developed the now foundational split-brain brain theory: the notion that the right and left hemispheres of the brain can act independently from one another and have different strengths.</p><p>In <em>Tales from Both Sides of the Brain,</em> Gazzaniga tells the impassioned story of his life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas. By turns humorous and moving, <em>Tales from Both Sides of the Brain</em> interweaves Gazzaniga鈥檚 scientific achievements with his reflections on the challenges and thrills of working as a scientist. In his engaging and accessible style, he paints a vivid portrait not only of his discovery of split-brain theory, but also of his comrades in arms鈥攖he many patients, friends, and family who have accompanied him on this wild ride of intellectual discovery.</p>
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins

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English

Pages

465

Publication Date

January 16, 2008

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A preeminent scientist鈥攁nd the world's most prominent atheist鈥攁sserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.<br /><br /> With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

January 28, 2010

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<b><b>Now an HBO廬 Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne</b><br /><br />#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER<br /></b><br />Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor聽black tobacco farmer whose cells鈥攖aken without her knowledge in 1951鈥攂ecame one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.聽Henrietta's cells聽have been bought and sold by the billions, yet聽she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

227

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?The world-famous cosmologist and author of <i>A Brief History of Time</i> leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淗awking鈥檚 parting gift to humanity . . . a book every thinking person worried about humanity鈥檚 future should read.鈥濃€擭PR</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Forbes </i>鈥?<i>The Guardian </i>鈥?<i>Wired </i></b><br /><br /> Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.<br /><br />Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe鈥檚 greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet鈥攊ncluding climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence鈥攈e turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.<br /><br /> Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? 鈥嬧€婽hese are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.<br /><br /> Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking鈥檚 daughter, Lucy,聽<i>Brief Answers to the Big Questions</i> is a brilliant last message to the world.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Brief Answers to the Big Questions</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淸Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淗awking鈥檚 final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟NN</b><br /><br /> 鈥淏risk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淗awking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擰uartz</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淓ffortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and鈥攚here it matters鈥攚itty.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Guardian</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淭his beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Telegraph</i></b>
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.

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