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  • Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

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    Carl Sagan

     

    “A history of the human brain from the big bang, fifteen billion years ago, to the day before yesterday . . . It’s a delight.”—The New York Times

     

    “How can I persuade every intelligent person to read this important and elegant book? . . . He talks about all kinds of things: the why of the pain of human childbirth . . . the reason for sleeping and dreaming . . . chimpanzees taught to communicate in deaf and dumb language . . . the definition of death . . . cloning . . . computers . . . intelligent life on other planets. . . . Fascinating . . . delightful.”—The Boston Globe

     

    “In some lost Eden where dragons ruled, the foundations of our intelligence were laid. . . . Carl Sagan takes us on a guided tour of that lost land. . . . Fascinating . . . entertaining . . . masterful.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

     

    Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends—and their amazing links to recent discoveries. 

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    QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

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    Richard Feynman

     

    Quantum electrodynamics – or QED for short – is the theory that explains how light and electrons interact, and in doing so illuminates the mysteries of the world around us. This book uses examples to provide the definitive introduction to QED.

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    How the Mind Works

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    Steven Pinker

     

    ‘Powerful and gripping . . . To have read it is to have consulted a first draft of the structural plan of the human psyche . . . a glittering tour de force.’ — Spectator

     

    ‘Witty popular science that you enjoy reading for the writing as well as for the science.’ —The New York Times

     

    ‘How the Mind Works will change the way your mind works.’ —The Times

     

    Why do we laugh? What makes memories fade? Why do people believe in ghosts? How the Mind Works explores every aspect of mental life, showing that our minds are not a mystery, but a system of organs of computation designed by natural selection.

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    Impossible, Possible, and Improbable: Science Stranger Than Fiction

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    John Gribbin

     

    ‘Gribbin has inspired generations with his popular science writing’ —Jim Al-Khalili

     

    A scintillating collection of short essays that really does cover ‘life, the Universe, and everything’.

     

    From the mysteries of the subatomic world to the curious property of water that makes our planet inhabitable, master of popular science John Gribbin delves into the astonishing facts that underlie our existence.

     

    Some aspects of the quantum world really do seem impossible to ‘common sense’, but have been proved correct by experiments. Other features of the Universe appear obvious, such as the fact that atoms are mostly empty space. But this familiarity hides the truly amazing truths underpinning these observations. And some things merely seem improbable but are also hiding a Deep Truth, such as the fact that the Moon and Sun look the same size as viewed from Earth.

     

    This book will change forever the way you view the world.

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    The Body: A Guide for Occupants

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    Bill Bryson

     

    • SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE

     

    It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book. The Daily Telegraph

     

    Readable and useful … witty, jargon-free prose that glides you through 400 pages. It’s fun to read because it’s not just comprehensive, but quirky. — Richard Morrison ― The Times

     

    Remarkable … Every page is dense with scientific facts written as vividly as a thriller, as well as answers to conundrums such as why we don’t fall out of bed when we are asleep … It is woven through with the kind of human stories that Bryson has made his trademark. ― Mail on Sunday

     

    A directory of wonders. Extraordinary stories about the heart, lungs, genitals … plus some anger and life advice – all delivered in the inimitable Bryson style — Gavin Francis ― Guardian

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    Water: A Biography

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    Giulio Boccaletti

     

    “Brimming with ideas and unexpected correlations, Water is far more than a biography of its nominal subject . . . The book stands as a compelling history of civilization itself.”Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal Book Review

     

    “This is one of the most ambitious books that I’ve read in a long time. It is both deep and broad.”—Ari Shapiro, NPR, All Things Considered

     

    “[A] wonderfully detailed account of humankind’s relationship with water . . . During this time of accelerated population growth, climate change, and political instability, Water is essential reading.”George Kendall, Booklist

     

    “It was an inspired idea to write a ‘biography’ of water and Giulio Boccaletti has carried it off in style. His book is impressively global in scope. It ranges from the earliest human societies to questions of water security in our own time, combining bold lines of argument with compelling examples. Ambitious, assured and very well written, Water: A Biography is an impressive and very welcome addition to the literature.” David Blackbourn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History, Vanderbilt University.

     

    Spanning millennia and continents, here is a stunningly revealing history of how the distribution of water has shaped human civilization. Boccaletti, of The Nature Conservancy, “tackles the most important story of our time: our relationship with water in a world of looming scarcity” (Kelly McEvers, NPR Host).

     

    Writing with authority and brio, Giulio Boc­caletti—honorary research associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Univer­sity of Oxford—shrewdly combines environmental and social history, beginning with the earliest civ­ilizations of sedentary farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers. Even as he describes how these societies were made possible by sea-level changes from the last glacial melt, he incisively examines how this type of farming led to irrigation and multiple cropping, which, in turn, led to a population explosion and labor specialization.

     

    We see with clarity how irrigation’s structure informed social structure (inventions such as the calendar sprung from agricultural necessity); how in ancient Greece, the communal ownership of wells laid the groundwork for democracy; how the Greek and Roman experiences with water security resulted in systems of taxation; and how the modern world as we know it began with a legal framework for the development of water infrastructure.

     

    Extraordinary for its monumental scope and piercing insightfulness, Water: A Biography richly enlarges our understanding of our relationship to—and fundamental reliance on—the most elemental substance on earth.

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    Elon Musk: How the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our future

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    Ashlee Vance

     

    • Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Nominee for Longlist (2015)
    • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science & Technology (2015)
    • New York Times and International Bestseller 
    • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon

    Ashlee Vance’s stellar biography captures Musk’s remarkable life story and irrepressible spirit ― Richard Branson

     

     

    “Mr. Vance tells the stories of both SpaceX and Tesla with intricacy and insight. . . . What does come through is a sense of legitimate wonder at what humans can accomplish when they aim high, and aim weird”. — Dwight Garner, New York Times

     

     

    “[T]his work will likely serve as the definitive account of a man whom so far we’ve seen mostly through caricature. By the final pages, too, any reader will sense the need to put comparisons to Steve Jobs aside. Give Musk credit. There is no one like him.” — New York Times Book Review

     

     

    “[A] spirited and riveting biography.” — Wall Street Journal

     

     

    “The SpaceX and Tesla founder certainly sees setbacks as an unavoidable part of innovation. But a brilliant new biography paints a picture of him as an obsessive, intolerant perfectionist.” — Financial Times

     

     

    “Fascinating and superbly researched…” — The Guardian UK

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    The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t Born. It’s Grown

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    Daniel Coyle

     

    “I only wish I’d never before used the words ‘breakthrough’ or ‘breathtaking’ or ‘magisterial’ or ‘stunning achievement’ or ‘your world will never be the same after you read this book.’ Then I could be using them for the first and only time as I describe my reaction to Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code. I am even willing to ‘guarantee’ that you will not read a more important and useful book in 2009, or pretty much any other year. And if all that’s not enough, it’s also ‘a helluva good read.'”—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

     

    “This is a remarkable—even inspiring—book. Daniel Coyle has woven observations from brain research, behavioral research, and real-world training into a conceptual tapestry of genuine importance. What emerges is both a testament to the remarkable potential we all have to learn and perform and an indictment of any idea that our individual capacities and limitations are fixed at birth.”—Dr. Robert Bjork, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology, UCLA

     

    ‘Talent. You’ve either got it or you haven’t.’ Not true, actually.

     

    In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured.

     

    In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow to demonstrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way.

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    Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Expanded

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    Maxwell Maltz

     

    Positive wisdom and helpful insights on how to be a successful person

    Happiness and success are habits. So are failure and misery. But negative habits can be changed–and Psycho-Cybernetics shows you how!

     

    This is your personal audio guide to the amazing power of Psycho-Cybernetics–a program based on one of the world s classic self-help books, a multimillion-copy bestseller proven effective by readers worldwide. Presenting positive attitude as a means for change, Maltz s teaching has the ring of common sense.

     

    Psycho-Cybernetics-is the original text that defined the mind/body connection the concept that paved the way for most of today s personal empowerment programs. Turn crises into creative opportunities, dehypnotize yourself from false beliefs, and celebrate new freedom from fear and guilt.

    Testimonials and stories are interspersed with advice from Maltz, as well as techniques for relaxation and visualization. Dr. Maxwell Maltz teaches you his techniques of emotional surgery –the path to a dynamic new self-image and self-esteem and to achieving the success and happiness you deserve!

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    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

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    Brian Greene

     

    • Winner of the Aventis Prize 2000

     

    “Compulsively readable. . . . Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for black holes.” ― New York

     

    “As rewarding as it gets . . . a thrilling ride through a lovely landscape.” ― Los Angeles Times

     

    “Sets a standard that will be hard to beat.” ― George Johnson, The New York Times Book Review

     

    The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe.

     

    Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter―from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas―is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

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    The God Delusion: 10th Anniversary Edition

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    Richard Dawkins

     

    • The International Bestseller
    • British Book Award for The Author of the Year (2007)
    • Deschner Prize 2007

     

    One of the best non-fiction writers alive today — Steven Pinker

     

    ‘Timely, impassioned and brilliantly argued’ — Rod Liddle, Sunday Times

     

    A spirited and exhilarating read… Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments, laying into fallacies and false doctrines with the energy of the polemicist at his most fiery — Joan Bakewell, Guardian

     

    A resounding trumpet blast for truth… It feels like coming up for air — Matt Ridley

     

    This is my favourite book of all time… a heroic and life-changing work — Derren Brown

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    Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science

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    Carl Sagan

     

    A fascinating book on the joys of discovering how the world works, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Cosmos and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

     

    “Magnificent . . . Delightful . . . A masterpiece. A message of tremendous hope for humanity . . . While ever conscious that human folly can terminate man’s march into the future, Sagan nonetheless paints for us a mind-boggling future: intelligent robots, the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and above all the challenge and pursuit of the mystery of the universe.”Chicago Tribune

     

    “Go out and buy this book, because Carl Sagan is not only one of the world’s most respected scientists, he’s a great writer. . . . I can give a book no greater accolade than to say I’m planning on reading it again. And again. And again.”The Miami Herald

     

    “Closely reasoned, impeccably researched, gently humorous, utterly devastating.”The Washington Post

     

    “The brilliant astronomer . . . is persuasive, provocative and readable.”United Press International

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    Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

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    Nassim Nicholas Taleb

     

    • The International Bestseller
    • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2018)

     

    A thinker for uncertain times. . . If you want to better understand populism, Trump, Brexit and the anti-establishment backlash then Taleb, of no party or clique, is your man — Josh Glancy ― Sunday Times

     

    A great iconoclast. . . Taleb, a Wall Street trader turned essayist, is a thinker touched by genius. . . The big picture he presents is powerfully argued and offers myriad policy implications — Matthew Syed ― The Times

     

    The most prophetic voice of all . . . Taleb is a genuinely significant philosopher . . . someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone — John Gray ― GQ

     

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the Richard Wagner of uncertainty. While the Ring Cycle of the German composer/librettist portrayed the struggle of the gods in a series of operas, the Incerto series of books by the Lebanese-American author is devoted to humans — specifically how we deal with the endemic risk in our all-too-finite existence — Dominic Lawson ― Sunday Times

     

    The author of The Black Swan is back with a simple warning: don’t buy what your neighbour is selling unless he owns some too. The obvious application for this is investing, but Taleb has a much broader domain. In a kind of philosophical Freakonomics, he takes us from 5th-century wandering monks (banned by the church because they were too free) to Donald Trump (his imperfections showed he had skin in the game) — Rosamund Urwin ― Sunday Times Books of the Year

     

    As always with Taleb, this is a fascinating set of ideas. And he’s right. People with skin in the game learn how the game works. Without it, they don’t — William Leith ― Evening Standard

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    Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

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    John Medina

     

     

    Brain Rules” by Dr. John Medina is a captivating book that delves into the fascinating world of brain science. Through engaging stories and humor, Medina shares scientific insights on topics such as the impact of exercise on cognition, the importance of repetition in learning, the role of sleep in memory consolidation, the effects of stress on learning, and the differences between male and female brains. This book provides practical knowledge about how our brains work and how to optimize their potential in various aspects of life.

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