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New York Times BestsellerA Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg 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
Now an HBO Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks but scientists know her as HeLa She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells taken without her knowledge in 1951 became one of the most important tools in medicine vital for developing the polio vaccine cloning gene mapping and more Henrietta s cells have been bought and sold by the billions yet she remains virtually unknown and her family can t afford health insurance This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics race and medicine of scientific discovery and faith healing and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew
From the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the bestselling The Bulletproof Diet comes a revolutionary plan to upgrade your brainpower in two weeks or less For the last decade Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest most innovative methods for making humans perform better a process known as biohacking In his first book The Bulletproof Diet he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology Now in Head Strong Asprey shows readers how to biohack their way to a sharper smarter faster more resilient brain Imagine feeling like your mind is operating at its clearest and sharpest and being able possibly for the first time in your life to do more in less time What it suddenly became easier to do the very hardest things you do Or if you could feel 100 confident about your intellect and never again fear being the person in the room who just isn t smart enough or can t remember something important How would you treat people if the mood swings short temper and food cravings that disrupt your day could simply disappear In Head Strong Asprey shows us that all of this is possible and more Using his simple lifestyle modifications or hacks to... take advantage of how the structure of your brain works readers will learn how to take their mental performance to the next level Combining the latest findings in neuroscience and neurobiology with a hacker-inspired get it done now perspective Asprey offers a program structured around key areas of brain performance that will help you Power the brain with exactly what it needs to perform at its best all day longEliminate the sources of kryptonite both nutritional and environmental that make the brain slower Supercharge the cellular powerhouses of our brains the mitochondria to eliminate cravings and turn up mental focus Reverse inflammation to perform better right now then stay sharp and energized well into your golden years Promote neuron growth to enhance processing speed and reinforce new learning hotwiring your brain for success Asprey s easy to follow two-week program offers a detailed plan to supercharge brain performance including which foods to eat and which ones to avoid how to incorporate the right kinds of physical activity into your day a detox protocol for your home and body meditation and breathing for performance recommended brain-boosting supplements and how to adjust the lighting in your home and work space to give your brain the quality light it thrives on A better brain and a happier easier more productive life is within reach You just need to get Head Strong more
Based on the wildly popular commencement address the art of asking and answering good questions by the Dean of Harvard University s Graduate School of Education Whether we re in the boardroom or the classroom we spend far too much time and energy looking for the right answer But the truth is that questions are just as important as answers often more so If you ask the wrong question for instance you re guaranteed to get the wrong answer A good question on the other hand inspires a good answer and in the process invites deeper understanding and more meaningful connections between people Asking a good question requires us to move beyond what we think we know about an issue or a person to explore the difficult and the unknown the awkward and even the unpleasant In Wait What Jim Ryan dean of Harvard University s Graduate School of Education celebrates the art of asking and answering good questions Five questions in particular Wait what I wonder Couldn t we at least How can I help and What truly matters Using examples from politics history popular culture and social movements as well as his own personal life Ryan demonstrates how these essential inquiries generate understanding spark curiosity initiate progress fortify relationships... and draw our attention to the important things in life from the Supreme Court to Fenway Park By regularly asking these five essential questions Ryan promises we will be better able to answer life s most important question And did you get what you wanted out of life even so At once hilarious and illuminating poignant and surprising Wait What is an inspiring book of wisdom that will forever change the way you think about questions more
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 ten 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 RecipientKahneman s work with Amos Tversky is the subject of Michael Lewis s The Undoing Project A Friendship That Changed Our MindsIn 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
Dr Gundry is a true trailblazer always at the forefront of scientific knowledge The Plant Paradox shows the world what pioneer thinking is about and is a must-read book for anyone interested in being as healthy as nature has designed them to be Alejandro Junger MD New York Times bestselling author of Clean Clean Gut and Clean Eats The Plant Paradox elegantly explains how plants defend themselves from being consumed by humans and how eating the wrong ones at the wrong times immeasurably hurts our health An eye-opening read Mehmet Oz MD Professor of Surgery New York Presbyterian Columbia UniversityMost of us have heard of gluten a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation in the body Americans spend billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health But what if we ve been missing the root of the problem In The Plant Paradox renowned cardiologist Dr Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common and highly toxic plant-based protein called lectin Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the gluten-free foods most of us commonly regard as healthy including many fruits vegetables nuts beans and conventional dairy products These proteins which are found... in the seeds grains skins rinds and leaves of plants are designed by nature to protect them from predators including humans Once ingested they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions At his waitlist-only clinics in California Dr Gundry has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients suffering from autoimmune disorders diabetes leaky gut syndrome heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases with a protocol that detoxes the cells repairs the gut and nourishes the body Now in The Plant Paradox he shares this clinically proven program with readers around the world The simple and daunting fact is lectins are everywhere Thankfully Dr Gundry offers simple hacks we easily can employ to avoid them including Peel your veggies Most of the lectins are contained in the skin and seeds of plants simply peeling and de-seeding vegetables like tomatoes and peppers reduces their lectin content Shop for fruit in season Fruit contain fewer lectins when ripe so eating apples berries and other lectin-containing fruits at the peak of ripeness helps minimize your lectin consumption Swap your brown rice for white Whole grains and seeds with hard outer coatings are designed by nature to cause digestive distress and are full of lectins With a full list of lectin-containing foods and simple substitutes for each a step-by-step detox and eating plan and delicious lectin-free recipes The Plant Paradox illuminates the hidden dangers lurking in your salad bowl and shows you how to eat whole foods in a whole new way more
It s a scientific fact Women rock A charmingly illustrated and educational book New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science technology engineering and mathematics STEM from the ancient to the modern world Full of striking singular art this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment rates of women currently working in STEM fields and an illustrated scientific glossary The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers biologists mathematicians doctors astronauts physicists and more BrainPickings - Best Science Books of the Year
The 1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monae Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women some of the brightest minds of their generation Originally relegated to teaching math in the South s segregated public schools they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II when America s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills and they answered Uncle Sam s call moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory Even as Virginia s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white... counterparts the women of Langley s all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who participated in some of NASA s greatest successes It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country s future more
The New York Times bestselling winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award A grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes illustrated in full color Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that s perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it How to make homemade mac n cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff but far tastier How to roast a succulent moist turkey forget about brining and use a foolproof method that works every time As Serious Eats s culinary nerd-in-residence J Kenji L pez-Alt has pondered all these questions and more In The Food Lab Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes delving into the interactions between heat energy and molecules that create great food Kenji shows that often conventional methods don t work that well and home cooks can achieve far better results using new but simple techniques In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1 000 full-color images you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes how to make the... crispiest creamiest potato casserole ever conceived and much more Over 1000 color photographsmore
Dr Gundry has crafted a wise program with a powerful track record Mehmet Oz M D Does losing weight and staying healthy feel like a battle Well it s really a war Your enemies are your own genes backed by millions of years of evolution and the only way to win is to outsmart them Renowned surgeon and founder of Gundry MD Dr Steven Gundry s revolutionary book shares the health secrets other doctors won t tell you Why plants are good for you because they re bad for you and meat is bad because it s good for you Why plateauing on this diet is actually a sign that you re on the right track Why artificial sweeteners have the same effects as sugar on your health and your waistline Why taking antacids statins and drugs for high blood pressure and arthritis masks health issues instead of addressing themAlong with the meal planner 70 delicious recipes and inspirational stories Dr Gundry s easy-to-memorize tips will keep you healthy and on course