The Brain: The Story of You

The Brain: The Story of You Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence What is reality Who are you How do you make decision

Black Holes: The Reith Lectures

Black Holes: The Reith Lectures It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that true than in the case of black holes Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that fascinated him

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors Most of the time, the maths in our everyday lives works quietly behind the scenes Until someone forgets to carry a 1 and a bridge collapses, a plane drops out of the sky or a building rocks when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap s 1990 hit I ve Got The Power This book is

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms A look inside the algorithms that are shaping our lives and the dilemmas they bring with them If you were accused of a crime, who would you rather decide your sentence a mathematically consistent algorithm incapable of empathy or a compassionate human judge prone to bias and error What if you want

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control Psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the Marshmallow Test, explains what self control is and how to master it A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later What will she do And what are the implications for her behavior later in life

Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To

Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To It s happened to all of us at some point You walk into the kitchen, or flip open your laptop, or stride confidently up to a lectern, filled with purpose and suddenly haven t the foggiest idea what you re doing Welcome to your idiot brain Yes, it is an absolute marvel in some respects the seat of