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Bad Science

Full of spleen this is a hilarious invigorating and informative journey through the world of i Bad Science i When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an Aqua Detox footbath releasing her toxins into the water turning it brown he thought he d try the same at home Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General using his girlfriend s Barbie doll he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water It turned brown In his words before my very eyes the world s first Detox Barbie was sat with her feet in a pool of brown sludge purged of a weekend s immorality Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian His book is about all the bad science we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing everyone has their own bad science moments from the useless pie chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word visibly in cosmetics ads


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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

b Foer s unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U S Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives b br br On average people squander forty days annually compensating for things they ve forgotten Joshua Foer used to be one of those people But after a year of memory training he found himself in the finals of the U S Memory Championship Even more important Foer found a vital truth we too often forget In every way that matters we are the sum of our memories br br i Moonwalking with Einstein i draws on cutting edge research a surprising cultural history of memory and venerable tricks of the mentalist s trade to transform our understanding of human remembering Under the tutelage of top mental athletes he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by Medieval scholars to memorize entire books Using methods that have been largely forgotten Foer discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories br br Immersing himself obsessively in a quirky subculture of competitive memorizers Foer learns to apply techniques that call on imagination as much as determination showing that memorization can be anything but rote From the PAO system which converts numbers into lurid images to the memory palace in which memories are stored in the rooms of imaginary structures Foer s experience shows that the World Memory Championships are less a test of memory than of perseverance and creativity br br Foer takes his inquiry well beyond the arena of mental athletes across the country and deep into his own mind In San Diego he meets an affable old man with one of the most severe case of amnesia on record where he learns that memory is at once more elusive and more reliable than we might think In Salt Lake City he swaps secrets with a savant who claims to have memorized more than nine thousand books At a high school in the South Bronx he finds a history teacher using twenty five hundred year old memory techniques to give his students an edge in the state Regents exam br br At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete Foer s bid to resurrect the forgotten art of remembering becomes an urgent quest i Moonwalking with Einstein i brings Joshua Foer to the apex of the U S Memory Championship and readers to a profound appreciation of a gift we all possess but that too often slips our minds

Lord of the Flies

A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors a group of schoolboys assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

The study of sexual physiology what happens and why and how to make it happen better has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories brothels MRI centers pig farms sex toy R amp D labs and Alfred Kinsey s attic br br Mary Roach the funniest science writer in the country Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors Can a person think herself to orgasm Can a dead man get an erection Is vaginal orgasm a myth Why doesn t Viagra help women or for that matter pandas br br In Bonk Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm two of the most complex delightful and amazing scientific phenomena on earth can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place illustrations

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Equal parts Groucho Marx amp Stephen Jay Gould both enlightening amp entertaining em Sunday Denver Post amp Rocky Mountain News em br The best selling author of i Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers i now trains her considerable wit amp curiosity on the human soul What happens when we die Does the light just go out amp that s that the million year nap Or will some part of my personality my me ness persist What will that feel like What will I do all day Is there a place to plug in my lap top In an attempt to find out Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary amp historical soul searchers scientists schemers engineers mediums all trying to prove or disprove that life goes on after we die She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher amp ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out of body near death experiences Along the way she enrolls in an English medium school gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario amp visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech Her historical wanderings unearth soul seeking philosophers who rummaged thru cadavers amp calves heads a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts amp the last surviving sample of ectoplasm in a Cambridge University archive

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono music has a significant role in your life even if you never realized it Why does music evoke such powerful moods The answers are at last be coming clear thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology Both a cutting edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself b This Is Your Brain on Music b unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature including br Are our musical preferences shaped in utero br Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music br What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brain s response to music br Is musical pleasure different from other kinds of pleasure br br b This Is Your Brain on Music b explores cultures in which singing is considered an essential human function patients who have a rare disorder that prevents them from making sense of music and scientists studying why two people may not have the same definition of pitch At every turn this provocative work unlocks deep secrets about how nature and nurture forge a uniquely human obsession

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology driven lives if we don t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science Pulitzer Prize winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well being of our democratic institutions br br Casting a wide net through history and culture Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft faith healing demons and UFOs And yet disturbingly in today s so called information age pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction channeling past lives and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

strong The best selling author of em Stiff em and em Bonk em explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity strong br br Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive air gravity hot showers fresh produce privacy beer Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human How much can a person give up How much weirdness can they take What happens to you when you can t walk for a year have sex smell flowers What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at miles per hour br br To answer these questions space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations As Mary Roach discovers it s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA s new space capsule cadaver filling in for astronaut Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth

Chaos: Making a New Science

i Chaos i records the birth of a new science This new science offers a way of seeing order and pattern where formerly only the random the erratic the unpredictable in short the chaotic had been observed In the words of Douglas Hofstadter It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order and yet deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order br br Although highly mathematical in origin chaos is a science of the everyday world addressing questions every child has wondered about how clouds form how smoke rises how water eddies in a stream br br i Chaos i is a history of discovery It chronicles in the words of the scientists themselves their conflicts and frustrations their emotions and moments of revelation After reading i Chaos i you will never look at the world in quite the same way again

Frankenstein - Phoenix Science Fiction Classics (with notes and critical essays)

The Phoenix Science Fiction Classics series has been designed for the convenience of students Special margins provide liberal space for students to take notes These distinctive trade paperbacks have also been priced to make them one of the most affordable critical series in the market today making them easily accessible to students of all economic means Each book includes notes critical essays chronologies bibliographies and more The timeless cautionary tale of man s overreach with tragic consequences for all Victor Frankenstein obsessed with scientific studies creates and brings to life a creature made from scavenged body parts However unable to deal with the hideous monster he has created Frankenstein flees setting in motion a series of events that ultimately destroys everything he holds dear This edition includes critical essays by acclaimed author and senior lecturer Arizona State University Paul Cook and by Alexei and Cory Panshin adapted from their Hugo winning work on science fiction The World Beyond the Hill

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

In gripping accounts of true cases surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine offering an unflinching view from the scalpel s edge Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is uncertain perplexing and profoundly human br br i Complications i is a National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction

The Science of Getting Rich

This book claims there is a true science to becoming wealthy and reveals it within these pages From the time it first appeared in people have used its principles successfully so there is a time tested system at work here Today this book is in more demand than ever It was the inspiration for making the award winning film The Secret It is a true classic in the art of making money lots of it and aligning yourself with your purpose Chapters include The Right to be Rich There is a Science of Getting Rich The First Principle in the Science of Getting Rich How Riches Come to You How to Use the Will Efficient Action Getting into the Right Business and more Includes three pages of study questions in the back to keep you on track

The Gay Science

Nietzsche called The Gay Science the most personal of all my books It was here that he first proclaimed the death of God to which a large part of the book is devoted and his doctrine of the eternal recurrence br br Walter Kaufmann s commentary with its many quotations from previously untranslated letters brings to life Nietzsche as a human being and illuminates his philosophy The book contains some of Nietzsche s most sustained discussions of art and morality knowledge and truth the intellectual conscience and the origin of logic br br Most of the book was written just before Thus Spoke Zarathustra the last part five years later after Beyond Good and Evil We encounter Zarathustra in these pages as well as many of Nietzsche s most interesting philosophical ideas and the largest collection of his own poetry that he himself ever published br br Walter Kaufmann s English versions of Nietzsche represent one of the major translation enterprises of our time He is the first philosopher to have translated Nietzsche s major works and never before has a single translator given us so much of Nietzsche

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

em Grunt em tackles the science behind some of a soldier s most challenging adversaries panic exhaustion heat noise and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U S Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat She visits the fashion design studio of U S Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds At Camp Lemmonier Djibouti in east Africa we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security Roach samples caffeinated meat sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee She answers questions not found in any other book on the military Why is DARPA interested in ducks How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks Take a tour of duty with Roach and you ll never see our nation s defenders in the same way again

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love

Dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion br br Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo s daughter a cloistered nun Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of modern science altogether Galileo s Daughter also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history described by her father as a woman of exquisite mind singular goodness and most tenderly attached to me br br The son of a musician Galileo Gahlei tried at first to enter a monastery before engaging the skills that made him the foremost scientist of his day Though he never left Italy his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world Most sensationally his telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to reinforce the astounding argument that the Earth moves around the Sun For this belief he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition accused of heresy and forced to spend his last years under house arrest br br Of Galileo s three illegitimate children the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance industry and sensibility and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante Born Virginia in she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste Her loving support which Galileo repaid in kind proved to be her father s greatest source of strength throughout his most productive and tumultuous years Her presence through letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative graces her father s life now as it did then br br Galileo s Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion Moving between Galileo s grand public life and Maria Celeste s sequestered world Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity s perception of its place in the cosmos was being overturned In that same time while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years War tipped fortunes across Europe one man sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope br br With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished Longitude Galileo s Daughter is an unforgettable story

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

An illuminating portrayal of Richard Feynman a giant of twentieth century physics from his childhood tinkering with radios to his vital work on the Manhattan Project and beyond br br Raised in Depression era Rockaway Beach physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent eccentric and childishly enthusiastic a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy His quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project under J Robert Oppenheimer where the giddy young man held his own among the nation s greatest minds There Feynman turned theory into practice culminating in the Trinity test on July when the Atomic Age was born He was only twenty seven And he was just getting started br br In this sweeping biography James Gleick captures the forceful personality of a great man integrating Feynman s work and life in a way that is accessible to laymen and fascinating for the scientists who follow in his footsteps

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries old notion that the human brain is immutable Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge M D traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they ve transformed people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole blind people who learn to see learning disorders cured IQs raised aging brains rejuvenated stroke patients learning to speak children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated and lifelong character traits changed Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body emotion love sex culture and education Dr Doidge has written an immensely moving inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains human nature and human potential

The Science of Discworld

When a wizardly experiment goes adrift the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands Roundworld where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic The Universe of course is our own And Roundworld is Earth As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond Through this original Terry Pratchett story with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster Yet paradoxically we see how the richness of a universe based on rules has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on

Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement

By making personal achievement a science Robbins guarantees results his unique fusion of mind and body has led thousands to self confidence and inner strength professionally and personally

Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

strong Explains our global economy in a way that is gasp actually entertaining em Book Magazine em strong br br Finally A book about economics that won t put you to sleep In fact you won t be able to put this bestseller down In our challenging economic climate this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read it s a necessary investment with a blessedly sure rate of return Demystifying buzzwords laying bare the truths behind oft quoted numbers and answering the questions you were always too embarrassed to ask the breezy em Naked Economics em gives readers the tools they need to engage with pleasure and confidence in the deeply relevant em not em so dismal science br br This revised and updated edition adds commentary on hot topics including the current economic crisis globalization the economics of information the intersection of economics and politics and the history and future of the Federal Reserve br br Also available a href https www goodreads com book show naked statistics rel nofollow em Naked Statistics em a

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

b A fascinating exploration of how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives helping to solve common decision making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind b br br All our lives are constrained by limited space and time limits that give rise to a particular set of problems What should we do or leave undone in a day or a lifetime How much messiness should we accept What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling These may seem like uniquely human quandaries but they are not computers too face the same constraints so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such issues for decades And the solutions they ve found have much to teach us br br In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot from organizing one s inbox to understanding the workings of memory i Algorithms to Live By i transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living

The Metamorphosis: The Bestselling Science Fiction Novel

The Metamorphosis German Die Verwandlung also sometimes translated The Transformation is a novella by Franz Kafka first published in It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the Western world The story begins with a traveling salesman Gregor Samsa waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin It is never explained in the story why Samsa transforms nor did Kafka ever give an explanation It is a pleasure to publish this new high quality and affordable edition of this timeless novel This edition is translated by Ian Johnston

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink com last fall and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham Bill Nye s campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade In this book he expands the points he has made and claims that this debate is not so much about religion versus science as about the nature of science itself With infectious enthusiasm he reveals the mechanics of evolutionary theory explains how it is rooted in the testable and verifiable scientific method and why it is therefore a sound explanation of our beginning He argues passionately that to continue to assert otherwise to continue to insist that creationism has a place in the science classroom is harmful not only to our children but to the future of the greater world as well

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Harold McGee s i On Food and Cooking i is a kitchen classic Hailed by i Time i magazine as a minor masterpiece when it first appeared in i On Food and Cooking i is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from what exactly they re made of and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious Now for its twentieth anniversary Harold McGee has prepared a new fully revised and updated edition of i On Food and Cooking i He has rewritten the text almost completely expanded it by two thirds and commissioned more than new illustrations As compulsively readable and engaging as ever the new i On Food and Cooking i provides countless eye opening insights into food its preparation and its enjoyment br br i On Food and Cooking i pioneered the translation of technical food science into cook friendly kitchen science and helped give birth to the inventive culinary movement known as molecular gastronomy Though other books have now been written about kitchen science i On Food and Cooking i remains unmatched in the accuracy clarity and thoroughness of its explanations and the intriguing way in which it blends science with the historical evolution of foods and cooking techniques br br Among the major themes addressed throughout this new edition are br br br br br Traditional and modern methods of food production and their influences on food quality br The great diversity of methods by which people in different places and times have prepared the same ingredients br Tips for selecting the best ingredients and preparing them successfully br The particular substances that give foods their flavors and that give us pleasure br Our evolving knowledge of the health benefits and risks of foods br i On Food and Cooking i is an invaluable and monumental compendium of basic information about ingredients cooking methods and the pleasures of eating It will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever cooked savored or wondered about food

Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping

Is there a method to our madness when it comes to shopping Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a Sherlock Holmes for retailers author and research company CEO Paco Underhill answers with a definitive yes in this witty eye opening report on our ever evolving consumer culture Why We Buy is based on hard data gleaned from thousands of hours of field research in shopping malls department stores and supermarkets across America With his team of sleuths tracking our every move Paco Underhill lays bare the struggle among merchants marketers and increasingly knowledgeable consumers for control

The Time Machine (Science Fiction Classic): A Time Travel Novel from the English futurist, historian, socialist, author...

This carefully crafted ebook The Time Machine Science Fiction Classic is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents br br i The Time Machine i is a science fiction novel Wells is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively The term time machine coined by Wells is now almost universally used to refer to such a vehicle The story reflects Wells s own socialist political views his view on life and abundance and the contemporary angst about industrial relations The book s protagonist is an English scientist and gentleman inventor living in Richmond Surrey in Victorian England and identified by a narrator simply as the Time Traveller The narrator recounts the Traveller s lecture to his weekly dinner guests that time is simply a fourth dimension and his demonstration of a tabletop model machine for travelling through it br br Herbert George Wells known as H G Wells was a prolific English writer in many genres including the novel history politics and social commentary and textbooks and rules for war games

The Science of Interstellar

strong A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan s highly anticipated film em Interstellar em from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne strong br br em Interstellar em from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system Yet in em The Science of Interstellar em Kip Thorne the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar shows us that the movie s jaw dropping events and stunning never before attempted visuals are grounded in real science Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself In chapters on wormholes black holes interstellar travel and much more Thorne s scientific insights many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of em Interstellar em describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible br br em Interstellar em and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc s

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

From Steven Johnson the dynamic thinker routinely compared to James Gleick Dava Sobel and Malcolm Gladwell The Ghost Map is a riveting page turner about a real life historical hero Dr John Snow It s the summer of and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world But lacking the infrastructure garbage removal clean water sewers necessary to support its rapidly expanding population the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure As the cholera outbreak takes hold a physician and a local curate are spurred to action and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time br br In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories and interconnectedness of the spread of disease contagion theory the rise of cities and the nature of scientific inquiry offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in

Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3)

i Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want but will it be what you need i br br Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee s reigning Banana Cake Queen Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity her mother s ambitions and her father s puritanical mandates Jennifer is officially desperate br br And desperate times call for Cletus Winston br br Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce and now he s in a pickle Despite being convinced of his own omniscience extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise So what s a maniacal mastermind to do br br Likely the last thing you expect