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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
From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing What will the world of tomorrow be like How does progress happen And why do we not have a lunar colony already What is the hold-up In this smart and funny book celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what s coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters By weaving their own research interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen and Zach s trademark comics the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed how they would work and what is standing in their way New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization To this end... SOONISH investigates ten different emerging fields from programmable matter to augmented reality from space elevators to robotic construction to show us the amazing world we will have you know soonish more
The essential universe from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist What is the nature of space and time How do we fit within the universe How does the universe fit within us There s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson But today few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly with sparkling wit in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day While you wait for your morning coffee to brew for the bus the train or a plane to arrive Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines from the Big Bang to black holes from quarks to quantum mechanics and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe
Yuval Noah Harari author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens returns with an equally original compelling and provocative book turning his focus toward humanity s future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine plague and war This may seem hard to accept but as Harari explains in his trademark style thorough yet riveting famine plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges For the first time ever more people die from eating too much than from eating too little more people die from old age than from infectious diseases and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers terrorists and criminals put together The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda What then will replace famine plague and war at the top of the human agenda As the self-made gods of planet earth what destinies will we set ourselves and which quests will we undertake Homo Deus explores the projects dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century from... overcoming death to creating artificial life It asks the fundamental questions Where do we go from here And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers This is the next stage of evolution This is Homo Deus With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller Harari maps out our future more
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
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
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
Many people dream of escaping modern life but most will never act on it This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years making this dream a reality not out of anger at the world but simply because he preferred to live on his own In 1986 a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food Living in a tent even through brutal winters he had survived by his wits and courage developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water and to avoid freezing to death He broke into nearby cottages for food clothing reading material and other provisions taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life why did he leave what did he learn as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude community and what makes a good life and a deeply... moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way and succeeded more
The New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet shows every woman how to create a lifestyle that will help her look great feel energized and slow down the effects of aging Feel destined for cellulite saddle bags and belly fat Does your family come from a long line of Alzheimer s cancer or heart disease Will nothing help your aging skin or declining libido or flagging energy This book is for you The body is magnificent but it doesn t come with a lifetime warranty or an operating manual You re the result of millions of years of evolution but many of the adaptations that helped your ancestors survive are now working overtime to accelerate the aging process The assumption here is that we are our genes and therefore trapped by the past The good news is that your genetic code the DNA sequence that is the biochemical basis of heredity can play a minor role in the way you age The scientific reality is that 90 percent of the signs of aging and disease are caused by lifestyle choices not your genes In other words you have the capability to overcome and transform your genetic history and tendencies Harvard MIT trained physician Sara Gottfried M D has created a revolutionary 7-week program that empowers... us to make the critical choices necessary to not just look young but also feel young Dr Gottfried identifies and builds this book around the five-key factors that lead to accelerated aging -the muscle factor the brain factor the hormone factor the gut factor and the toxic fat factor The 7-week program addresses these factors and treats them in an accessible and highly practical protocol and is as follows Feed Week 1Sleep Week 2Move Week 3Release Week 4Expose Week 5Soothe Week 6Think Week 7Younger increases not only your lifespan but also your healthspan Dr Gottfried s program makes it possible to change the way you age stay younger longer and remain healthy and vibrant for all of your days more
One of the most mesmerizing and important books I ve read in quite some time Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses our families and our sanity Adam Grant New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and TakeWelcome to the age of behavioral addiction an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior We obsess over our emails Instagram likes and Facebook feeds we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos we work longer hours each year and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone and Millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real live humans In this revolutionary book Adam Alter a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU tracks the rise of behavioral addiction and explains why so many of today s products are irresistible Though these miraculous products melt the miles that separate people across the globe their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become... almost impossible to resist By reverse engineering behavioral addiction Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good to improve how we communicate with each other spend and save our money and set boundaries between work and play and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being and the health and happiness of our children Adam Alter s previous book Drunk Tank Pink And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think Feel and Behave is available in paperback from Penguin more
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