- ¿Qué Pasaría Si…? Respuestas Serias y Cientificas a Todo Tipo de Preguntas AbsurdasISBN: 9786073129831
Title: ¿Qué Pasaría Si…? Respuestas Serias y Cientificas a Todo Tipo de Preguntas Absurdas
Author: MUNROE RANDALL
Descubre cual es la velocidad maxima a la que puedes ?volarte? un tope y sobrevivir? Que pasaria si trataras de batear una pelota lanzada a 90 por ciento de la velocidad de la luz? Cuando tendra Facebook mas perfiles de personas muertas que de personas vivas? Las respuestas que encuentra el autor son obras maestras de la claridad y lo hilarante, complementadas con dibujos al mas puro estilo de su celebre comic.
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.
Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?
In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.
The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
- 100 Ideas That Changed the WorldISBN: 9781849901963
Title: 100 Ideas That Changed the World
Author: OSMAN JHENI ED
Every once in a while, an idea comes along that makes the entire world sit up and take notice. From the earliest understandings of our place in the solar system, via Darwinism, DNA, neutrons and quarks, right up to the theories that are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge today, we are forever propelled forward by our most gifted scientific minds. In this fascinating book, BBC Focusmagazine editor Jheni Osman explores 100 of the most forward thinking, far-reaching and downright inspired ideas and inventions in history, each nominated by experts from all fields of science and engineering. With selections from established authorities such as Brian Cox, Patrick Moore, Richard Dawkins Marcus du Sautoy, Osman covers topics as diverse as the Big Bang, vaccination, computing, radioactivity, human genomes, the wheel and many more. Each essay looks at the logic behind these great inventions, discoveries, theories and experiments, studying the circumstances that brought them into being and assessing the impact that they had on the world at large. An intriguing and thought-provoking collection, 100 Ideas that Changed the Worldoffers us a glimpse into the minds behind historyâ€™s greatest eureka moments.
- 1001 Inventions That Changed the WorldISBN: 9781760292898
Title: 1001 Inventions That Changed the World
Author: CHALLONER JACK (EDITOR)
Have you ever wondered who came up with a staircase that moved, leading eventually to the creation of the escalator? The genius of some inventions is their simplicity: the paperclip, rivets, boomerangs. Many of the items, processes, concepts, medical firsts, and discoveries in this book are life-saving and life-enhancing: can you imagine a world without seat-belts, antibiotics, toothbrushes, traffic signals, or scissors'..From the invention of the wheel in the fifth millennium BC to the development of the world wide web and the launch of the MP3 player, this engaging, accessible, and enlightening book reveals the origins and impact of everything from paper to the personal computer, and from penicillin to the contraceptive pill...The worlds of medicine, science, technology, industry, literature, and art have all influenced the way we live, but inventions are essentially human affairs. This book explores the fascinating stories behind the breakthroughs and traces the development of each invention from original concept to completion. 1001 Inventions That Changed The Worldis nothing less than an alternative history of the world through invention - a comprehensive study of human endeavour.
- 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our TimeISBN: 9781861976475
Title: 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
Author: BROOKS MICHAEL
Science starts to get interesting when things don_t make sense.Even today there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the sixteenth century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don_t Make Sense Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow_s breakthroughs.Is ninety six percent of the universe missing? If no study has ever been able to definitively show that the placebo effect works, why has it become a pillar of medical science? Was the 1977 signal from outer space a transmission from an alien civilization? Spanning fields from chemistry to cosmology, psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement and controversy of the scientific unknown.
- 13.8: The Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of EverythingISBN: 9781848319189
Title: 13.8: The Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of Everything
Author: GRIBBIN JOHN
John Gribbin tackles the very biggest question that modern science has to answer.
The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behaviour of very large things; quantum theory the behaviour of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin - one of the best-known writers of popular science over the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified 'Theory of Everything' that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe and everything.
With his inimitable mixture of science, history and biography, Gribbin shows how - despite scepticism among many physicists - these two great theories are indeed very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the Universe: 13.8 billion years.
- 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe & the Theory of EverythingISBN: 9781785781087
Title: 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe & the Theory of Everything
Author: GRIBBIN JOHNA celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics' most important and seemingly contradictory theories
The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin--one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years--presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how--despite skepticism among many physicists--these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years.
- 17 Equations That Changed The WorldISBN: 9781846685316
Title: 17 Equations That Changed The World
Author: STEWART IAN
From Newton's Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere - and they are fundamental to everyday life. In Seventeen Equations that Changed the World, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart sets out seventeen groundbreaking equations that have altered the course of human history. He explores how Pythagoras's Theorem led to GPS and SatNav; how logarithms are applied in architecture; why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera, and what is really going on with Schrödinger's cat. Entertaining, surprising and vastly informative, Seventeen Equations that Changed the World is a highly original exploration - and explanation - of life on earth.
Format: Trade paperback
- 30-Second Einstein: The 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a MinuteISBN: 9781782403876
Title: 30-Second Einstein: The 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Author: CLEGG BRIAN
The 50 fundamentals of his work, life and legacy, each explained in half a minute
Spend 30 seconds a day in the company of a colossus from the world of science, and you will soon have his whole story-both his scientific attainments and his extraordinary life-in your head. Einstein was not only an unparalleled scientific genius, but also a human rights campaigner, a political activist, and the iconic archetype of the mad professor. Is it any wonder that he continues to fascinate scientists and non-scientists alike? 30-Second Einstein will show you why at approximately the speed of light.
- An internationally bestselling series presents essential concepts in a mere 30 seconds, 300 words, and one image
- Einstein's complex life and theories, explained concisely and without jargon
- The quickest way to understand einstein's starring role in the history of science
- 30-Second ElementsISBN: 9781743360842
Title: 30-Second Elements
Author: SCERRI ERIC (EDITOR)
The chemical elements are the building blocks of life, but could you discuss the periodic table over the dinner table? Which elements put the blue into blu-ray and the lime into limelight? And do you know enough about antimony, arsenic and aluminium to illuminate the bar with your elemental knowledge?..'30-Second Elements' presents you with the foundations of chemical knowledge, distilling the 50 most significant chemical elements into half-a-minute individual entries, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. Divided into seven chapters, it includes the atomic details of the other 68 elements and the relationships of all 118, as well as biographies of the chemists who transformed scientific knowledge and unlocked the mysteries of life itself. Illustrated with explosive graphics, here is the quickest way to know your arsenic from your europium.
- 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to KnowISBN: 9781784296100
Title: 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know
Author: SPARROW GILES
From our own solar system to the edges of the universe, 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know is your introduction to the most important concepts, discoveries and mysteries in astronomy. How did the universe begin? Where did the Moon come from? What happens in the heart of a black hole? Why are gravitational waves so significant? And is there life elsewhere in the cosmos?
In fifty fascinating essays covering the central ideas of astronomy and cosmology, accompanied by diagrams, definitions of essential terms and timelines of key discoveries, this book examines the nature and variety of our universe - the life cycle of stars, the formation of planets, the structure of galaxies and the puzzles of dark matter and the multiverse. Expansive and illuminating, 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know is the complete guide to the birth, life and possible death of the cosmos.
- 50 Quantum Physics IdeasISBN: 9781780879116
Title: 50 Quantum Physics Ideas
Author: BAKER JOANNE
Following on from the highly successful 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know, author Joanne Baker consolidates the foundation concepts of physics and moves on to present clear explanations of the most cutting-edge area of science: quantum physics.
With 50 concise chapters covering complex theories and their advanced applications - from string theory to black holes, and quarks to quantum computing - alongside informative two-colour illustrations, this book presents key ideas in straightforward, bite-sized chunks. Ideal for the layperson, this book will challenge the way you understand the world.
The ideas explored include: Theory of relativity SchrÃ¶dinger's cat; Nuclear forces: fission and fusion; Antimatter; Superconductivity.
- 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to KnowISBN: 9781784296148
Title: 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know
Author: DIXON GAIL & PARSONS PAUL
50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know is your guide to the biggest questions and deepest concepts from across the whole of science. What was the Big Bang? How did life on Earth arise? What does quantum mechanics tell us about the universe? Is true artificial intelligence possible? And does life exist on other planets?
Moving from the basics of atoms and molecules, Newton's laws of physics and the building blocks of life to the cutting edge of nanotechnology, Einstein's theories of relativity and cloning, this book makes the many worlds of science accessible and illuminating. Featuring fifty concise, insightful and illustrated essays covering physics and astronomy, Earth and life sciences, chemistry and materials, psychology and computing, and exploring the ways they connect with each other and impact on our lives, 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know is the ideal introduction to the questions which fascinate us all.
- Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You KnewISBN: 9781472109187
Title: Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
Author: LIGHTMAN ALAN
In The Accidental Universe, physicist and novelist Alan Lightman explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind.
Here, in a collection of exhilarating essays, Lightman shows us our own universe from a series of fascinating and diverse perspectives. He takes on the difficult dialogue between science and religion; the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature; the possibility that our universe is simply an accident; the manner in which modern technology has divorced us from enjoying a direct experience of the world; and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws alone.
With his customary passion, precision, lyricism and imagination, in The Accidental Universe Alan Lightman leaves us with the suggestion - heady and humbling - that what we see and understand of the world and ourselves is only a tiny piece of the extraordinary, perhaps unfathomable whole.
Praise for Alan Lightman:
'...a gem of a novel that is strange witty erudite and alive with Lightman's playful genius.' Junot Diaz.
'It would not seem possible for Alan Lightman to match his earlier tour de force, Einstein's Dreams, but in Mr g he has done so - with wit, imagination, and transcendent beauty.' Anita Desai.
- Afterglow of Creation Decoding the Message from the Beginning of TimeISBN: 9780571250592
Title: Afterglow of Creation Decoding the Message from the Beginning of Time
Author: CHOWN MARCUS
It's the oldest fossil in creationIt accounts for 99.9 % of all the light in the UniverseIts discoverers mistook it for the ?glow? of pigeon droppings (yet still carried off the Nobel prize)The discovery in 1992 of ?cosmic ripples? ? slight variations in the temperature of radiation left over from the Big Bang ? led to sensational headlines and a scramble among scientists to claim credit. ?It?s like seeing the face of God?, declared one of the researchers.In this new and fully revised edition of Afterglow of Creation, Marcus Chown goes behind the hype and the hysteria to provide a clear and lively explanation of one of the biggest discoveries in modern science ? and a brilliant picture of what happened next.
- Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern MindISBN: 9781408870389
Title: Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
Author: GRAYLING A C
What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639, when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing...In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mind set - Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy - by the end of that tumultuous century 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' had irrevocably taken place.
Format: Trade paperback
- Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise & Dramatic Fall of the Atomic EraISBN: 9781451660432
Title: Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise & Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
Author: NELSON CRAIG
From the New York Times bestselling author of Rocket Men and the award-winning biographer of Thomas Paine comes the first complete history of the Atomic Age, a brilliant, magisterial account of the men and women who uncovered the secrets of the nucleus, brought its power to America, and ignited the twentieth century.
When Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Edward Teller forged the science of radioactivity, they created a revolution that arced from the end of the nineteenth century, through the course of World War II and the Cold War of superpower brinksmanship, to our own twenty-first-century confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power and proliferation—a history of paradox, miracle, and nightmare. While nuclear science improves our everyday lives—from medicine to microwave technology—radiation’s invisible powers can trigger cancer and cellular mayhem. Writing with a biographer’s passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is tragic, triumphant, and above all, fascinating.
From the discovery of X-rays in the 1890s, through the birth of nuclear power in an abandoned Chicago football stadium, to the bomb builders of Los Alamos and the apocalyptic Dr. Strangelove era, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Franklin Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Harry Truman, Curtis LeMay, John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Ronald Reagan, and Mikhail Gorbachev, among others. He reveals how brilliant Jewish scientists fleeing Hitler transformed America from a nation that created lightbulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel’s lifelong dream of global peace; and how, in our time, emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain run-amok nuclear reactors while wondering if they would live or die.
Radiance defies our common-sense views of nature, with its staggering amounts of energy flowing from seemingly inert rock and matter pulsing in half-lives that transforms into other states over the course of decades or in the blink of an eye. Radiation is as scary a word as cancer, but it’s the power that keeps our planet warm, as well as the force behind earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, and so organic to all life that even our own human bodies are radioactive. By tracing mankind’s complicated relationship with the dangerous energy it discovered and unleashed, Nelson reveals how atomic power and radiation are indivisible from our everyday lives.
Brilliantly told and masterfully crafted, The Age of Radiance provides a new understanding of a misunderstood epoch in history and restores to prominence the forgotten heroes and heroines who have changed all of our lives for better and for worse. It confirms Craig Nelson’s position as one of the most lively and skillful popular historians writing today.
- Alchemy: The Great WorkISBN: 9781473606265
Title: Alchemy: The Great Work
Author: GILCHRIST CHERRY
Alchemy is the art of transformation. At its simplest, the alchemist turns base metals into gold. However this is only one dimension of alchemy - at a more sophisticated level the alchemist's 'base metal' is symbolic of himself that needs to be worked upon and the 'gold' produced is the alchemist himself in his or her quest to perfect his own nature. In short, true alchemy is a discipline involving physical, physiological and spiritual work aimed at producing wholeness and enlightenment. From the origins of alchemy, both reputed and documented, Cherry Gilchrist's lively and sympathetic narrative takes the reader from the alchemical interests of the ancient Egyptians to the flowering of alchemy in the seventeenth century. She also elucidates the complexities of alchemical symbolism and examines the ways in which alchemy has developed in the twentieth century.
'Packed with strange stories and shiny nuggets of information, Alchemy: the Great Work is erudite but reads very clearly. But what I admire about it most is how enlightening and enlivening it is.' - Jonathan Black
- Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human DecisionsISBN: 9780007547975
Title: Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
Author: CHRISTIAN BRIAN
A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind
All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us.
In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one's inbox to understanding the workings of human memory, "Algorithms to Live By" transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.
- Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting & Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the UniverseISBN: 9781847445025
Title: Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting & Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
Author: MILLER BEN
Discover the fascinating and cutting-edge science behind the greatest question of all: is there life beyond Earth?
For millennia, we have looked up at the stars and wondered whether we are alone in the universe. In the last few years, scientists have made huge strides towards answering that question. In The Aliens are Coming!, comedian and bestselling science writer Ben Miller takes us on a fantastic voyage of discovery, from the beginnings of life on earth to the very latest search for alien intelligence.
What soon becomes clear is that the hunt for extra-terrestrials is also an exploration of what we actually mean by life. What do you need to kickstart life? How did the teeming energy of the Big Bang end up as frogs, trees and quantity surveyors? How can evolution provide clues about alien life? What might it look like? (Probably not green and sexy, sadly.)
As our probes and manned missions venture out into the solar system, and our telescopes image Earth-like planets with ever-increasing accuracy, our search for alien life has never been more exciting - or better funded. The Aliens are Coming! is a comprehensive, accessible and hugely entertaining guide to that search, and our quest to understand the very nature of life itself.
Format: Trade paperback
- Aliens: Science Asks: Is There Anyone Out There?ISBN: 9781781256817
Title: Aliens: Science Asks: Is There Anyone Out There?
Author: AL-KHALILI JIM
The ALIENS invasion is coming ...It's the biggest question we've ever faced, one that has fascinated generations of humans: do aliens exist? If they did, what would they look like? How would they think? And what would it mean for us if we found them?Here, Professor Jim Al-Khalili blasts off in search of answers. Featuring twenty pieces by top scientists and experts in the field including Martin Rees, Ian Stewart and Adam Rutherford, Aliens covers every aspect of the subject, from alien consciousness to the neuroscience behind alien abductions. And along the way he'll cover science fiction, the probability of us finding extra-terrestrial life, and whether recently-discovered exoplanets might support life.Engaging, authoritative and filled with scientific insights fresh from the far edges of the galaxy, Aliens is the perfect book for anyone who has ever looked up into the starry sky and wondered: are we alone?
- Am I My Keeper's Brother? Human Origins from a Christian & Scientific PerspectiveISBN: 9780473184537
Title: Am I My Keeper's Brother? Human Origins from a Christian & Scientific Perspective
Author: PATTEMORE PHILIP
How did human life come to be?
Can a scientific view of human origins ever be reconciled with the Biblical account of human nature?
When scientific ideas appear to contradict the Bible, how do we react – and how do we evaluate what is true?
Am I My Keeper’s Brother? takes us on an exciting, thought-provoking tour through history, biology, genetics, the Bible and Christian faith. Join Dr Philip Pattemore, a scientist and lifelong Christian, as he guides us on this adventure through the findings of science and the Bible about what it is to be human. Whether you’re studying biological sciences at high school or university, or you’re a disciple of Jesus keen to find new ways of thinking about the Creationist controversy, you’ll find this book a fascinating, enriching discovery of the world God made.
Format: Trade paperback
- Anatomist A True Story of Gray's AnatomyISBN: 9780345456892
Title: Anatomist A True Story of Gray's Anatomy
Author: HAYES BILL
A wonderful writer,Bill Hayes tells the multi-layered story of the two extraordinary young men who produced the most famous medical text of all time - a turning point in medical history, and a continuing influence and inspiration for artists, doctors and anatomists a century and a half later. Part memoir, part biography, part guided tour into the marvels of the human body,The Anatomist deserves a place on every bookshelf. And if you do not already have a copy ofGray's Anatomy, Bill Hayes's remarkable account will surely inspire you to get one." -Oliver Sacks, author and neurologist All laud and honor to Hayes. In perusing the body's 650 muscles and 206 bones, he has made the case that we are . . . 'fearfully and wonderfully made.'" - 'The Washington Post' Prose both lucid and arrestingly beautiful." - 'Publishers Weekly' The classic medical text known asGray's Anatomy is one of the most famous books ever created. In this masterly work of creative nonfiction, Bill Hayes uncovers the extraordinary lives of the seminal volume's author and illustrator while providing a scalpel's-eye" view into the ingenuity of the human body. Bill Hayes is the best-selling author of 'Sleep Demons' and 'Five Quarts'.
- Answers for Aristotle: How Science & Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful LifeISBN: 9780465021383
Title: Answers for Aristotle: How Science & Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life
Author: PIGLIUCCI MASSIMOHow should we live? According to philosopher and biologist Massimo Pigliucci, the greatest guidance to this essential question lies in combining the wisdom of 24 centuries of philosophy with the latest research from 21st century science.& In Answers for Aristotle, Pigliucci argues that the combination of science and philosophy first pioneered by Aristotle offers us the best possible tool for understanding the world and ourselves. As Aristotle knew, each mode of thought has the power to clarify the other: science provides facts, and philosophy helps us reflect on the values with which to assess them. But over the centuries, the two have become uncoupled, leaving us with questions#151;about morality, love, friendship, justice, and politics#151;that neither field could fully answer on its own. Pigliucci argues that only by rejoining each other can modern science and philosophy reach their full potential, while we harness them to help us reach ours.& Pigliucci discusses such essential issues as how to tell right from wrong, the nature of love and friendship, and whether we can really ever know ourselves#151;all in service of helping us find our path to the best possible life. Combining the two most powerful intellectual traditions in history, Answers for Aristotle is a remarkable guide to discovering what really matters and why.
- Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & ScientistsISBN: 9780864735140
Title: Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
Author: CALLAGHAN PAUL & MANHIRE BILL
New Zealands top writers and physicists collaborate to create a provocative and fascinating discussion on the most strange and fantastic aspects of physics. With topics that include the curvature of space time, wave particle duality, the untimely death of Schrodinger's cat, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, dark energy, and the end of the universe, this extraordinary guide artfully blends philosophy and literature with science.
- Are We All Scientific Experts Now?ISBN: 9780745682044
Title: Are We All Scientific Experts Now?
Author: COLLINS HARRY
To ordinary people, science used to seem infallible. Scientists were heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good. More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failures have led us to question science's pre-eminence. Revelations such as Climategate, or debates about the safety of the MMR vaccine, have dented our confidence in science.
In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeem scientific expertise, and reasserts science's special status. Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavor, he emphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing the dubious "default" expertise displayed by many of those outside the scientific community. Science, he argues, should serve as an example to ordinary citizens of how to think and act, and not the other way round.
- Arguing about ScienceISBN: 9780415492300
Title: Arguing about Science
Author: BIRD ALEXANDER ED & LADYMAN JAMES ED
Arguing About Scienceis an outstanding, engaging introduction to the essential topics in philosophy of science, edited by two leading experts in the field. This exciting and innovative anthology contains a selection of classic and contemporary readings that examine a broad range of issues, from classic problems such as& scientific reasoning; causation; and scientific realism, & to more recent topics such as science and race; forensic science; and the scientific status of medicine.
The editors bring together some of the most influential contributions of famous philosophers in the field, including William Whewell, John Stuart Mill, Bertrand Russell, and Karl Popper as well as more recent extracts from philosophers and scientists such as Philip Kitcher, Daniel Dennett, Stephen Jay Gould, Robert Winston, Bas van Fraassen, and Nancy Cartwright. The anthology is organised into ten clear sections:
- science, non science and pseudo-science
- race, gender and science
- are science and religion compatible?
- scientific reasoning
- scientific explanation
- laws and causation
- science and medicine
- probability and forensic science
- risk, uncertainty and science policy
- scientific realism and anti-realism.
The articles chosen are clear, interesting, and free from unnecessary jargon. The editors provide lucid introductions to each section in which they provide an overview of the debate, as well as study questions and further reading.
- Art of ChoosingISBN: 9780349121420
Title: Art of Choosing
Author: IYENGAR SHEENA
Every day we make choices. Coke or Pepsi? Save or spend? Stay or go?Whether mundane or life-altering, these choices define us and shape our lives. Sheena Iyengar asks the difficult questions about how and why we choose: Is the desire for choice innate or bound by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Her award-winning research reveals that the answers are surprising and profound. In our world of shifting political and cultural forces, technological revolution, and interconnected commerce, our decisions have far-reaching consequences. Use this book as your companion and guide for the many challenges ahead.'No one asks better questions, or comes up with more intriguing answers' Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point
- Art Of Science a Natural History of IdeasISBN: 9780330490757
Title: Art Of Science a Natural History of Ideas
Author: HAMBLYN RICHARD
Science. Does the word fill you with excitement, or dread, or something in-between?Good science'”and good science writing'”can, and should, be something to get excited about. The extracts contained in this book span centuries and continents, but are unified by their authors' desire to understand, explain and benefit the world in which we live.Good Science is not necessarily a book about great scientific theories, complicated equations, or grand old men (or women) in their laboratories; instead, it's about the places we draw our inspiration from; it's about daily routines and sudden flashes of insight; about dedication, and, sometimes, desperation; and the small moments, questions, quests, clashes, doubts and delights that make us human.From Galileo to Lewis Carroll, from Humphry Davy to Charles Darwin, from Marie Curie to Stephen Jay Gould, from rust to snowflakes, from the first use of the word ""scientist"" to the first computer, from why the sea is salty to Newtonian physics ""for women,"" Good Science is a book about people, rather than scientists per se, and as such, it's a book about politics, passion and poetry. Above all, though, it's a book about the good that science can'”and does'”do.
- Art of Science: A Natural History of IdeasISBN: 9780330490764
Title: Art of Science: A Natural History of Ideas
Author: HAMBLYN RICHARD
Science is about discovery, a journey towards knowledge.
With authors as diverse as Galileo and Lewis Carroll, the extracts featured in this anthology span centuries and continents; they include startling revelations that changed the way we think and tackle more prosaic questions such as why the sea is salty; they consider the natural beauty of the snowflake and the man-made wonder of the first computer. What links them all is a desire to understand, explain and enrich the world, and the ability to communicate this in original, clear and engaging prose.
- AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, & Unexplained PhenomenaISBN: 9781925106589
Title: AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, & Unexplained Phenomena
Author: MOFFIT MITCHELL & BROWN GREG
From the creators of the wildly popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE comes a book about the science that people actually want to learn, presented in a quirky and accessible way. And in the spirit of science, no subject is taboo.Why do we get hungover? Which actually came first, the chicken or the egg? Is binge-watching TV bad for you? Now, for the first time, Mitchel Moffit and Greg Brown, the geniuses behind AsapSCIENCE and AsapTHOUGHT, answer these questions by explaining the true science of how things work in this fascinating and hilarious book.Applying the fun, illustrated format of their addictive videos to topics ranging from brain freeze to hiccups to the science of the snooze button, AsapSCIENCE is the book that answers the questions you were too afraid to ask in science class. Whether you're a total science newbie or the next Albert Einstein, this guide is sure to educate and entertain ... ASAP.
- At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by SurpriseISBN: 9781781251287
Title: At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise
Author: BROOKS MICHAEL
The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science - and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped: here, Michael Brooks, bestselling author of 13 Things that Don't Make Sense, investigates the new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery. Through eleven radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our history of the universe, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials means that many of the drugs we use are less effective on women than men and more likely to have adverse effects, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out if there is such a thing as the will to live. When we think about science, we often think of iron-clad facts. But today more than ever, our unshakeable truths have been shaken apart.As Michael Brooks reveals, the best science is about open-mindedness, imagination and a love of mind-boggling adventures at the edge of uncertainty.
- At the Edge of Uncertainty: The Biggest Scientific Surprises of Our TimeISBN: 9781781251270
Title: At the Edge of Uncertainty: The Biggest Scientific Surprises of Our Time
Author: BROOKS MICHAEL
The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science - and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped: here, Michael Brooks, bestselling author of 13 Things that Don't Make Sense, investigates the new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.Through eleven radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our history of the universe, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials means that many of the drugs we use are less effective on women than men and more likely to have adverse effects, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out if there is such a thing as the will to live.When we think about science, we often think of iron-clad facts. But today more than ever, our unshakeable truths have been shaken apart. As Michael Brooks reveals, the best science is about open-mindedness, imagination and a love of mind-boggling adventures at the edge of uncertainty.
Format: Trade paperback
- Atomic: The First War of Physics & the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 - 49ISBN: 9781848319929
Title: Atomic: The First War of Physics & the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 - 49
Author: BAGGOTT JIM
An account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. This book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's FarmHall transcripts, coded Soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the Soviet archives...Spanning ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to 'Joe-1', the first Soviet atomic bomb test in August 1949, Atomic is the first fully realised popular account of the race between Nazi Germany, Britain, America and the Soviet Union to build atomic weapons...Rich in personality, action, confrontation and deception, Jim Baggott's book tells an epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding.
- Backyard Beekeeping 2edISBN: 9781921719196
Title: Backyard Beekeeping 2ed
Author: SMITHERS COURTENAY
There is room for a hive of bees in many a suburban garden and there is always something special about eating honey from your own hives. This revised second edition of Backyard Beekeeping is written especially for those who would like to experience that healthy pleasure. It is a comprehensive reference for all wishing to keep healthy bees and produce delicious honey. It provides essential information on the bees life cycle, the basic equipment required for beekeeping, where to position hives, and obtain a bee colony, how to care for a colony and increase its size, the harvesting of honey and wax, how to move hives, swarm control and the nectar and pollen flowers that attract bees to Australian and New Zealand gardens.
- Bad Ideas?: An Arresting History of Our InventionsISBN: 9780553819557
Title: Bad Ideas?: An Arresting History of Our Inventions
Author: WINSTON ROBERT
In this relevant, timely book a leading scientist asks, are scientific advances a curse or a blessing? Professor Winston argues that contained within each of our finest inventions is the potential for great harm.
- Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, & Big Pharma FlacksISBN: 9780007284870
Title: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, & Big Pharma Flacks
Author: GOLDACRE BEN
Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more bullshit?
Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better.
- Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous Fun & Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought OfISBN: 9780916773410
Title: Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous Fun & Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought Of
Author: LANSKY VICKI
This 7" x 6," 120 page book is fully indexed. Learn how baking soda was developed into a consumer product, how it works, and more importantly how to use it in an amazing number of ways. In fifteen different catagories, ranging from cooking and cleaning to hygience and home remedies, you'll find ideas you never thought of. Baking soda can be used for cooking, laundry, gardening, skin solutions, kitchen clean up, dental care, caring for kids, crafts and hobbies, bathroom clean up, grooming, pet problems, cars, and camping to name a few.
- Bee in a Cathedral & 99 Other Scientific AnalogiesISBN: 9781742376493
Title: Bee in a Cathedral & 99 Other Scientific Analogies
Author: LEVY JOEL
Prepare to be amazed and educated! A BEE IN A CATHEDRAL explains basic scientific truths and principles using the power of analogy. Using classic comparisons (including 'bee in the cathedral' which dramatically conveys the size of the atomic nucleus in relation to the atom as a whole) you will learn: How whirlpools and hurricanes help us understand the formation of galaxies; How DNA chains act just like a zipper; How much blood is produced by a body each day. Written in a plain, entertaining style A BEE IN A CATHEDRAL will appeal to anyone with a thirst for knowledge and an appreciation for science. The aim of the book is to convey basic principles of science in new and exciting ways, describing the unbelievably massive, the inconceivably tiny, and the unfathomably complex in terms that we can all understand, and comparing them to everyday objects and experiences with which we are much more familiar.
- Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval EuropeISBN: 9780715645369
Title: Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe
Author: FREELY JOHN
The birth of modern science in medieval Europe. Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church that sparked the Scientific Revolution and led to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the discoveries for which Galileo and Newton are often credited. In Before Galileo, John Freely investigates the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote.
Format: Trade paperback
- Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the WorldISBN: 9780140278163
Title: Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
Author: DEUTSCH DAVID
Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year.
A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers.
Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve.
In his previous book, The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch describe the four deepest strands of existing knowledge-the theories of evolution, quantum physics, knowledge, and computation-arguing jointly they reveal a unified fabric of reality. In this new book, he applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species. Filled with startling new conclusions about human choice, optimism, scientific explanation, and the evolution of culture, The Beginning of Infinity is a groundbreaking book that will become a classic of its kind.