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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
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs The Innovators is Walter Isaacson s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities What led to their creative leaps Why did some succeed and others fail In his masterly saga Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace Lord Byron s daughter who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution such as Vannevar Bush Alan Turing John von Neumann J C R Licklider Doug Engelbart Robert Noyce Bill Gates Steve Wozniak Steve Jobs Tim Berners-Lee and Larry Page This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive It s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative For an era that seeks to foster innovation creativity and teamwork The Innovators shows how they happen
Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science Every question it raises leads to new answers new discoveries and new smarter questions The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found Bill NyeSparked by a controversial debate in February 2014 Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives In Undeniable Evolution and the Science of Creation he explains why race does not really exist evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food reveals how new species are born in a dog kennel and in a London subway takes a stroll through 4 5 billion years of time and explores the new search for alien life including aliens right here on Earth With infectious enthusiasm Bill Nye shows that evolution is much more than a rebuttal to creationism it is an essential way to understand how nature works and to change the world It might also help you get a date on a Saturday night
A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan s highly anticipated film Interstellar from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne Interstellar from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system Yet in The Science of Interstellar Kip Thorne the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar shows us that the movie s jaw-dropping events and stunning never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself In chapters on wormholes black holes interstellar travel and much more Thorne s scientific insights many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible Interstellar and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc s14 200 color illustrations
The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt least one-third of the people we know are introverts They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion who favor working on their own over working in teams It is to introverts Rosa Parks Chopin Dr Seuss Steve Wozniak that we owe many of the great contributions to society In Quiet Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture She also introduces us to successful introverts from a witty high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions Passionately argued superbly researched and filled with indelible stories of real people Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and equally important how they see themselves Now with Extra Libris material including a reader s guide and bonus content
Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady s and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston The recipes include all the comfort food think food to eat at home and high-end restaurant food fancier dishes when there s more time to cook for which he has become so well-known Brock s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp Hoppin John and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy and Baked Sea Island Red Peas This is a very personal book with headnotes that explain Brock s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes
From the New York Times bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas In this illustrated history Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries tracing facets of modern life refrigeration clocks and eyeglass lenses to name a few from their creation by hobbyists amateurs and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life In his trademark style Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips Accompanied by a major... six-part television series on PBS How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world written in the provocative informative and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe more
From Marsha M Linehan--the developer of dialectical behavior therapy DBT --this comprehensive resource provides vital tools for implementing DBT skills training The teaching notes and reproducible handouts and worksheets used for over two decades by hundreds of thousands of practitioners have been significantly revised and expanded to reflect important research and clinical advances The book gives complete instructions for orienting individuals with a wide range of problems to DBT and teaching them mindfulness interpersonal effectiveness emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills Handouts and worksheets are not included in the book purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print all the handouts and worksheets discussed New to This Edition Handouts and worksheets available online and in the companion volume have been completely revised and dozens more added m- over 225 in all Each module has been expanded with additional skills Multiple alternative worksheets to tailor treatment to each client More extensive teaching notes with numerous clinical examples Curricula for running skills training groups of different durations and with specific populations such as adolescents and clients with substance use... problems Available separately DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets Second Edition See also Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder the authoritative presentation of DBT Also available Linehan s instructive skills training videos for clients--Crisis Survival Skills Part One Crisis Survival Skills Part Two From Suffering to Freedom This One Moment and Opposite Action Plus related DBT videos DBT at a Glance An Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT at a Glance The Role of the Psychiatrist on the DBT Team and Getting a New Client Connected to DBT Complete Series more
The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core free market ideology of our time restructure the global economy and remake our political systems In short either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world The status quo is no longer an option In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care It s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities re-imagine our broken democracies and rebuild our gutted local economies She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not and cannot fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging... extraction methods accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance but rather as a kind of gift a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next regeneration-based economies right now Can we pull off these changes in time Nothing is certain Nothing except that climate change changes everything And for a very brief time the nature of that change is still up to us more
Divided by continent YOU ARE HERE represents one idealized orbit of the ISS This planetary photo tour -- surprising playful thought-provoking and visually delightful -- is also punctuated with fun fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity In the spirit of his bestselling An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth YOU ARE HERE opens a singular window on our planet using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement the magnificence and wit of never-before-noticed landscapes and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species
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