How to Create a Mind

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Published: 2012-10-02

ISBN: 9780670025299

Format: B-Hardcover

Publisher: Viking Adult

Synopsis

The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brainThe bold futurist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain.Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to

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Price: $27.95


Now You See It

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Published: 2012-07-31

ISBN: 9780143121268

Format: Trade Paper

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

Synopsis

"As scholarly as [it] is . . . this book about education happens to double as an optimistic, even thrilling, summer read." —The New York TimesA brilliant combination of science and its real-world application, Now You See It sheds light on one of the greatest problems of our historical moment: our schools and businesses are designed for the last century, not for a world in which technology has reshaped the way we think and learn. In this informed and optimistic work, Cathy N. Davidson takes us on a tour of the future of work and education, introducing us to visionaries whose groundbreaking

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Price: $16.00


A Field Guide to Radiation

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Published: 2012-07-31

ISBN: 9780143121275

Format: Trade Paper

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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A comprehensive and accessible guide to understanding how radiation affects our everyday livesNuclear energy, X-rays, radon, cell phones . . . radiation is part of the way we live on a daily basis, and yet the sources and repercussions of our exposure to it remain mysterious. Now Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wayne Biddle offers a first-of-its-kind guide to understanding this fundamental aspect of the universe. From fallout to radiation poisoning, alpha particles to cosmic rays, Biddle illuminates the history, meaning, and health implications of one hundred scientific terms in succinct,

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Price: $15.00


Rabid

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Published: 2012-07-19

ISBN: 9780670023738

Format: B-Hardcover

Publisher: Viking Adult

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An engrossing and lively history of the fearsome and mythologized virusIn the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Great Influenza, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. In the absence of vaccination— as was true for thousands of years, until the late nineteenth century—the rabies virus caused brain infections with a nearly 100 percent fatality rate, both in animals and humans, and the suffering it inflicted became the stuff of legend.The transmission of the virus—often from rabid dog to man—reawakened

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Price: $25.95


The Odyssey of KP2

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Published: 2012-07-05

ISBN: 9781594203398

Format: B-Hardcover

Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The

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When a two day-old Hawaiian monk seal pup is attacked and abandoned by his mother on a beach in Kauai, environmental officials must decide if they should save the newborn animal or allow nature to take its course. But as a member of the most endangered marine mammal species in U.S. waters, Kauai Pup 2, or KP2, is too precious to lose, and he embarks on an odyssey that will take him across an ocean to the only qualified caretaker to accept the job, eminent wildlife biologist Dr. Terrie M. Williams.The local islanders see KP2 as an honored member of their community, but government agents

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The Last Lost World

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Published: 2012-06-28

ISBN: 9780670023639

Format: B-Hardcover

Publisher: Viking Adult

Synopsis

An enlightening investigation of the Pleistocene’s dual character as a geologic time—and as a cultural ideaThe Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own. It’s a time of ice ages, global migrations, and mass extinctions—of woolly rhinos, mammoths, giant ground sloths, and not least early species of Homo. It’s the world that created ours.But outside that environmental story there exists a parallel narrative that describes how our ideas about the Pleistocene have emerged. This story explains the place of the Pleistocene in shaping intellectual culture,

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The Stem Cell Hope

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Published: 2012-06-26

ISBN: 9780452297968

Format: Trade Paper

Publisher: Plume

Synopsis

“A tour de force of storytelling.”

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Price: $16.00


The Beginning of Infinity

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Published: 2012-05-29

ISBN: 9780143121350

Format: Trade Paper

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

Synopsis

The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledgeIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under

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Price: $18.00


The Ocean of Life

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Published: 2012-05-24

ISBN: 9780670023547

Format: B-Hardcover

Publisher: Viking Adult

Synopsis

A Silent Spring for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" (The New York Times)Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts—one of the world’s foremost conservation biologists—leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind’s relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life.We have always

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Price: $30.00


The Moral Molecule

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Published: 2012-05-10

ISBN: 9780525952817

Format: B-Hardcover

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Synopsis

A Revolution in the Science of Good and EvilWhy do some people give freely while others are cold hearted?Why do some people cheat and steal while others you can trust with your life?Why are some husbands more faithful than others—and why do women tend to be more generous than men?Could they key to moral behavior lie with a single molecule?From the bucolic English countryside to the highlands of Papua New Guinea, from labs in Switzerland to his campus in Souther California, Dr. Paul Zak recounts his extraordinary stories and sets out, for the first time, his revolutionary theory

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Price: $26.95


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