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The Nuclear Express
by , Danny B. Stillman

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English

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402

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November 10, 2010

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This is a political history of nuclear weapons from the discovery of fission in 1938 to the nuclear train wreck that seems to loom in our future. It is an account of where those weapons came from, how the technology surprisingly and covertly spread, and who is likely to acquire those weapons next and most importantly why.<p></p> <p></p> The authors鈥?examination of post Cold War national and geopolitical issues regarding nuclear proliferation and the effects of Chinese sponsorship of the Pakistani program is eye opening. The reckless 鈥渘uclear weapons programs for sale鈥?exporting of technology by Pakistan is truly chilling, as is the on-again off-again North Korean nuclear weapons program.<p></p>
The Order of Time
by Carlo Rovelli

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English

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252

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May 08, 2018

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<b>One of TIME鈥檚 Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade<br /></b> <br /><b>"Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . <i>The Order of Time</i> is a dazzling book." --<i>The Sunday Times</i></b> <b><br /></b> <br /><b>From the bestselling author of <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i>, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time.</b><br /><br />Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. <br /><br />For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe. <br /><br />Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i> so appealing, <i>The Order of Time</i> offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Cha...
by , Ralph Leighton

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English

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352

Publication Date

June 28, 2010

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> bestseller鈥攖he outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.</strong></p><br /><p>Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric鈥攁 combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.</p>
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
by Daniel J. Levitin

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English

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344

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August 03, 2006

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<b>In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin聽explores the connection between music鈥攊ts performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it鈥攁nd the human brain. </b><br /><br />Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language.聽Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals:<br /><br />鈥?How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world<br />鈥?Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre<br />鈥?That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise<br />鈥?How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head<br /><br />A <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Award finalist, <i>This Is Your Brain on Music</i> will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
by Carlo Rovelli

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English

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283

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<b>鈥淭he man who makes physics sexy . . . the scientist they鈥檙e calling the next Stephen Hawking.鈥?</b>鈥?lt;b><i>The Times Magazine</i><br /><br />From the聽<i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling author of聽<i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics </i>and <i>The Order of Time</i>, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.</b><br /><br />What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today. <br /><br />In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in聽<i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i>. <br /><br />This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode鈥攁 vast universe still largely undiscovered.
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Qu...
by Brian Greene

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English

Pages

447

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January 08, 2009

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<p><strong>A new edition of the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller鈥攏ow a three-part <em>Nova</em> special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter.</strong></p><br />Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory鈥攎ade possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists鈥?lt;em>The Elegant Universe</em> "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (<em>New York Times Book Review</em>). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter鈥攆rom the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas鈥攊s generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.<br /><br /><br /><br />Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything.<br /><br /><br /><br />Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, <em>The Elegant Universe</em> makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Bril...
by , Matthew Sands

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English

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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.
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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English

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385

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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>
Energy: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)
by Vaclav Smil

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English

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240

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January 05, 2017

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With one famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein proved all matter can be described as energy. It is everywhere and it is everything. In this newly updated and engaging introduction, renowned scientist Vaclav Smil explores energy in all its facets 鈥?from the inner workings of the human body to what we eat, the car we drive and the race for more efficient and eco-friendly fuels.<br /> <br /><i>Energy: A Beginner's Guide</i> highlights the importance of energy in both past and present societies, by shedding light on the science behind global warming and efforts to prevent it, and by revealing how our daily decisions affect energy consumption. Whether you're looking for dinner table conversation or to further your own understanding, this book will amaze and inform, uncovering the truths and exposing the myths behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.
Dreamland: An Autobiography
by Lazar Bob

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English

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154

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October 15, 2019

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Bob Lazar is the reason Area 51 became infamous in the 1980s and his recent appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast with 7 million listeners is credited with inspiring the Storm Area 51 phenomenon. In his DREAMLAND autobiography, Lazar reveals every detail of his highly controversial story about being an insider within the world's most legendary military research base.<br /><br />Bob Lazar was a brilliant young physicist that found himself employed at a top-secret facility in the middle of the desert outside Las Vegas. Under the watchful eye of the government elite, he is tasked with understanding an exotic propulsion system being used by an advanced aerospace vehicle he is told came from outer space.<br /><br />The stressful work and long, odd hours start to wear on Bob and he becomes concerned for his safety. He tells his wife and a couple of close friends about what he's doing in the desert, and his employers find out and are furious. When they station goons outside his house, Bob seeks help from wealthy UFOlogist, John Lear, who encourages Bob to take his story to award-winning investigative journalist George Knapp at KLAS-TV, a CBS affiliate.<br /><br />To prove he's telling the truth, Bob takes a group of people out into the desert to watch a test flight of the "flying saucer." On the way home, they are stopped by the police, who notify the base, and Bob loses his job. In a series of interviews with CBS TV, Bob Lazar then blows the lid off "Area 51," blows the whistle on the effort to conceal this craft from the American people, and blows up his career as a top physicist.<br /><br />Bob Lazar's reports have been the subject of intense controversy for decades. He has been interviewed numerous times and his story has been corroborated by other individuals he worked with and who were present when these events happened. But until now, Bob Lazar has never told his own story, in every detail in his own words, about those exciting days in the desert outside of Las Vegas and how the world came to learn about the experiments being conducted at Area 51.

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