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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize Named the Costa Book of the Year 1 bestseller in the UK A Guardian and Economist Best Book of the YearWhen Helen Macdonald s father died suddenly on a London street she was devastated An experienced falconer Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood she d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators the goshawk But in her grief she saw that the goshawk s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T H White s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor Projecting herself in the hawk s wild mind to tame her tested the limits of Macdonald s humanity and changed her life Heart-wrenching and humorous this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast with a parallel examination of a legendary writer s eccentric falconry Obsession madness memory myth and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator
From acclaimed journalist Bill Gifford comes a roaring journey into the world of anti-aging science in search of answers to a universal obsession what can be done about getting old SPRING CHICKEN Stay Young Forever or Die Trying SPRING CHICKEN is a full-throttle high-energy ride through the latest research popular mythology and ancient wisdom on mankind s oldest obsession How can we live longer And better In his funny self-deprecating voice veteran reporter Bill Gifford takes readers on a fascinating journey through the science of aging from the obvious signs like wrinkles and baldness right down into the innermost workings of cells We visit cutting-edge labs where scientists are working to hack the aging process like purging senescent cells from mice to reverse the effects of aging He ll reveal why some people live past 100 without even trying what has happened with resveratrol the red wine pill that made headlines a few years ago how your fat tissue is trying to kill you and how it s possible to unlock longevity-promoting pathways that are programmed into our very genes Gifford separates the wheat from the chaff as he exposes hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society and arms readers with the best possible advice on what... to do what not to do and what life-changing treatments may be right around the corner An intoxicating mixture of deep reporting fascinating science and prescriptive takeaway SPRING CHICKEN will reveal the extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth while exposing dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant more
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
From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up Bold a radical how-to guide for using exponential technologies moonshot thinking and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions Bold unfolds in three parts Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from I ve got an idea to I run a billion-dollar company far faster than ever before The authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3D printing artificial intelligence robotics networks and sensors and synthetic biology Part Two of the book focuses on the Psychology of Bold drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page Elon Musk Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos In addition Diamandis reveals his entrepreneurial secrets garnered from building fifteen companies including such audacious ventures as Singularity University XPRIZE Planetary Resources and Human Longevity Inc Finally Bold closes with a look at the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today s hyper-connected crowd like never before Here the authors teach how to design and use incentive... competitions launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into ten s of billions of dollars of capital and finally how to build communities armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true Bold is both a manifesto and a manual It is today s exponential entrepreneur s go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies thinking at scale and the awesome power of crowd-powered tools more
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
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time Stephen Hawking s book explores such profound questions as How did the universe begin and what made its start possible Does time always flow forward Is the universe unending or are there boundaries Are there other dimensions in space What will happen when it all ends Told in language we all can understand A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks of antimatter and arrows of time of the big bang and a bigger God where 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
Major New York Times bestsellerWinner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleOne of The Economist s 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journal s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 20112013 Presidential Medal of Freedom RecipientIn the international bestseller Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think System 1 is fast intuitive and emotional System 2 is slower more deliberative and more logical The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking He offers... practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011 Thinking Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic more
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira KnightleyIt is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing 1912-1954 saved the Allies from the Nazis invented the computer and artificial intelligence and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one This New York Times bestselling biography of the founder of computer science with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing s royal pardon in 2013 is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life Capturing both the inner and outer drama of Turing s life Andrew Hodges tells how Turing s revolutionary idea of 1936--the concept of a universal machine--laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic At the same time this is the tragic account of a man who despite his wartime service was eventually arrested stripped of... his security clearance and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program--all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime The inspiration for a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley Alan Turing The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics computers cryptography and homosexual persecution more
What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity The Untethered Soul now a 1 New York Times bestseller offers simple yet profound answers to these questions Whether this is your first exploration of inner space or you ve devoted your life to the inward journey this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you You ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness author and spiritual teacher Michael A Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization Copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences IONS The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts emotions and energy patterns that limit your consciousness Finally with perfect clarity... this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being The Untethered Soul has already touched the lives of countless readers and is now available in a special hardcover gift edition with ribbon bookmark the perfect gift for yourself a loved one or anyone who wants a keepsake edition of this remarkable book Visit www untetheredsoul com for more information more
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity s creation and evolution a 1 international bestseller that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be human One hundred thousand years ago at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth Yet today there is only one homo sapiens What happened to the others And what may happen to us Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach but Dr Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70 000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives connect past developments with contemporary concerns and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas Dr Harari also compels us to look ahead because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us but also ourselves Where... is this leading us and what do we want to become Featuring 27 photographs 6 maps and 25 illustrations diagrams this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond James Gleick Matt Ridley Robert Wright and Sharon Moalem more
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