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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>A <i>New York Times</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Time</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Kirkus</i> <i>Reviews</i> Best Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalist</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 Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to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.
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, a fun-for-all holiday gift, 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.
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>
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.
The Physics of Baseball: Third Edition, Revised, Updated, and Exp...
by Robert K. Adair

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

January 20, 2015

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<p>Blending scientific fact and sports trivia, Robert Adair examines what a baseball or player in motion does-and why. How fast can a batted ball go? What effect do stitch patterns have on wind resistance? How far does a curve ball break? Who reaches first base faster after a bunt, a right- or left-handed batter? The answers are often surprising鈥攁nd always illuminating.</p><p>This newly revised third edition considers recent developments in the science of sport such as the neurophysiology of batting, bat vibration, and the character of the "sweet spot." Faster pitchers, longer hitters, and enclosed stadiums also get a good, hard scientific look to determine their effects on the game.</p><p>Filled with anecdotes about famous players and incidents, <em>The Physics of Baseball</em> provides fans with fascinating insights into America's favorite pastime.</p>
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 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.
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>
Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World
by David Owen

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>The surprising science of hearing and the remarkable technologies that can help us hear better</b><br /><br />Our sense of hearing makes it easy to connect with the world and the people around us. The human system for processing sound is a biological marvel, an intricate assembly of delicate membranes, bones, receptor cells, and neurons. Yet many people take their ears for granted, abusing them with loud restaurants, rock concerts, and Q-tips. And then, eventually, most of us start to go deaf.<br /><br />Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss. Faced with the cost and stigma of hearing aids, the natural human tendency is to do nothing and hope for the best, usually while pretending that nothing is wrong. In <i>Volume Control</i>, David Owen argues this inaction comes with a huge social cost. He demystifies the science of hearing while encouraging readers to get the treatment they need for hearing loss and protect the hearing they still have.<br /><br />Hearing aids are rapidly improving and becoming more versatile. Inexpensive high-tech substitutes are increasingly available, making it possible for more of us to boost our weakening ears without bankrupting ourselves. Relatively soon, physicians may be able to reverse losses that have always been considered irreversible. Even the insistent buzz of tinnitus may soon yield to relatively simple treatments and techniques. With wit and clarity, Owen explores the incredible possibilities of technologically assisted hearing. And he proves that ears, whether they're working or not, are endlessly interesting.
My Brief History
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

145

Publication Date

September 10, 2013

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br />Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.</b><br /> 聽<br /> <i>My Brief History</i> recounts Stephen Hawking鈥檚 improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty, and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology.<br /> 聽<br /> Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece <i>A Brief History of Time</i>鈥攐ne of the iconic books of the twentieth century.<br /> 聽<br /> Clear-eyed, intimate, and wise, <i>My Brief History</i> opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking鈥檚 personal cosmos.

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