A thoughtful meditation on the mythic, cultural, philosophical and, yes, scientific implications of what happens when a wet potato or a crystal vase slips from your hand Billy Collins A mind bending exploration of gravity, the universe s greatest mystery What is gravity Nobody knows and just ab
An exhilarating journey through the most creative and catastrophic f ck ups in human history, from our very first ancestor falling out of that tree, to the most spectacular fails of the present day In the seventy thousand years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we ve come a long way.
Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease
Tell the doctor where it hurts It sounds simple enough, unless the problem affects the very organ that produces awareness and generates speech What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under attack In this book, Dr Allan Ropper and Brian Burrell take the reader behind the scenes
The brain is an absolute marvel the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle so far of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience But it s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in
When it comes to artificial intelligence, we either hear of a paradise on earth or of our imminent extinction It s time we stand face to digital face with the true powers and limitations of the algorithms that already automate important decisions in healthcare, transportation, crime, and commerce.
From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovered drug addict, an authoritative and accessible guide to understanding drug addiction clearly explained brain science and vivid personal stories reveal how addiction happens, show why specific drugs from opioids to alcohol to coke and are
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
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
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
A delightfully astute and entertaining history of the mishaps and meltdowns that have marked the path of scientific progress Kirkus Reviews, starred review Radiation What could go wrong In short, plenty From Marie Curie carrying around a vial of radium salt because she liked the pretty blu
An Best Book of 2014 While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him a man diving 300 feet below the ocean s surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed and smiling This man was a freediver, and his amphibious a
A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long standing controversies Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient D