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How a Nobel Prize winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations Their work created the field of behavioral economics revolutionized Big Data studies advanced evidence-based medicine led to a new approach to government regulation and made much of Michael Lewis s own work possible Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield both had important careers in the Israeli military and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences Amos Tversky was a brilliant self-confident warrior and extrovert the center of rapt attention in any room Kahneman a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was... the seedbed of his ideas They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science working together so closely that they couldn t remember whose brain originated which ideas or who should claim credit They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote and simply alternated thereafter This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues In the process they may well have changed for good mankind s view of its own mind 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
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
A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being Charles Foster author of Being a BeastAre trees social beings In this international bestseller forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that yes the forest is a social network He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families tree parents live together with their children communicate with them support them as they grow share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and even warn each other of impending dangers Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests explaining the amazing processes of life death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland After learning about the complex life of trees a walk in the woods will never be the same again Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist by Dr Suzanne Simard
THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year From the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft brilliant and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer Weaving science social history and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives personalities identities fates and choices Throughout the narrative the story of Mukherjee s own family with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness cuts like a bright red line reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene he describes the centuries of research and experimentation from Aristotle and Pythagoras to... Mendel and Darwin from Boveri and Morgan to Crick Watson and Franklin all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies It s hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence accessibility and compassion An extraordinary achievement Riveting revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or write the human genome The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity This is the most crucial science of our time intimately explained by a master more
Au revoir Pluto In this newly revised bestselling backlist title beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched on a wild trip to visit the now eight planets in our solar system per the International Astronomical Union s 2006 decision to downgrade Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet along with the Cat in the Hat Thing One Thing Two Dick and Sally It s a reading adventure that s out of this world
One of O The Oprah Magazine s Ten Best Books of the Year The New York Times bestselling collection of essays from beloved poet Mary Oliver In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it before I knew at all who I was what I was what I wanted to be So begins Upstream a collection of essays in which revered poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness as a young child and as an adult to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature Emphasizing the significance of her childhood friend Walt Whitman through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple a place to enter and in which to feel and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love As she writes I could not be a poet without the natural world Someone else could But not me For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her and the responsibility she has inherited... from Shelley Wordsworth Emerson Poe and Frost the great thinkers and writers of the past to live thoughtfully intelligently and to observe with passion Throughout this collection Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us more
Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today s leading astrophysicists Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson Michael A Strauss and J Richard Gott taught together at Princeton this book covers it all--from planets stars and galaxies to black holes wormholes and time travel Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space How do stars live and die Why did Pluto lose its planetary status What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe How did the universe begin Why is it expanding and why is its expansion accelerating Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse Answering these and many other questions the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos sharing their knowledge of how the universe works Breathtaking in scope and stunningly illustrated throughout Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world-class astrophysicists can provide
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
To celebrate America s amazing national parks Lonely Planet the world s leading travel publisher takes you on an informative and gorgeous tour of all 59 parks with our lavishly finished hardcover gift guide packed with detailed itineraries and practical tips on what to do and see in each park to get you started planning your next adventure America s national parks are full of timeless marvels that still rejuvenate the soul the world s largest trees in Sequoia its most spectacular geothermal site in Yellowstone the grandest canyon Perhaps the movement s most eloquent description that is still resonates came from national parks advocate John Muir Thousands of tired nerve-shaken over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home that wildness is a necessity Fortunately for the nerve-shaken over-civilized people of then and now President Woodrow Wilson created the National Parks Service NPS on August 25 1916 though the drive to protect some of America s most remarkable wild spaces to be used and preserved for the benefit of mankind began in the 1860s From Acadia to Zion this beautiful introduction to America s preserved natural treasures is packed with landscape photography original wildlife... illustrations and practical information You will surely be inspired to rediscover these incredible spaces and find out why they re worth celebrating and you ll have all the tools to plan the first of many exciting trips This book is intended to be a practical introduction to each of America s 59 national parks distilled by Lonely Planet s expert authors We highlight the best activities and trails explain how to get there and where to stay show you the wildlife to watch out for and suggest ideal itineraries Whether you re lucky enough to have a park on your doorstep or need to travel further we hope that the following pages inspire you both the iconic and lesser-known gems that make up the USA s diversely breathtaking expanses Covers all 59 US National Parks Acadia American Samoa Arches Badlands Big Bend Biscayne Black Canyon of the Gunnison Bryce Canyon Canyonlands Capitol Reef Carlsbad Caverns Channel Islands Congaree Crater Lake Cuyahoga Valley Death Valley Denali Dry Tortugas Everglades Gates of the Arctic Glacier Glacier Bay Grand Canyon Grand Teton Great Basin Great Sand Dunes Great Smoky Mountains Guadalupe Mountains Haleakal Hawaii Volcanoes Hot Springs Isle Royale Joshua Tree Katmai Kenai Fjords Kings Canyon Kobuk Valley Lake Clark Lassen Volcanic Mammoth Cave Mesa Verde Mt Rainier North Cascades Olympic Petrified Forest Pinnacles Redwood Rocky Mountain Saguaro Sequoia Shenandoah Theodore Roosevelt Virgin Islands Voyageurs Wind Cave Wrangell-St Elias Yellowstone Yosemite Zion About Lonely Planet Started in 1973 Lonely Planet has become the world s leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet as well as an award-winning website a suite of mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveller community Lonely Planet s mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in more
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