Have you ever wondered what makes “seventh heaven” and “cloud nine” so blissful and the number 13 so unlucky? Here’s the “4-1-1” on the origins of numerical expressions and the importance of numbers in fiction, film, culture, and religion, including:
How 007 became James Bond’s number
Imaginary numbers and how they exist
How the binary system manages to say so much with only two numbers
That bedding has nothing to do with being “three sheets to the wind”
The burning literary question: Why did Ray Bradbury name his novel Fahrenheit 451?
Which block of Social Security numbers will never be assigned to anyone
With Easy as Pi, you’ll soon impress your friends with your knowledge of numbers—even if you’re math averse. Make this and all of the Blackboard Books™ a permanent fixture on your shelf, and you’ll have instant access to a breadth of knowledge. Whether you need homework help or want to win that trivia game, this series is the trusted source for fun facts.
Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Who, you might ask, is Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) and why is she the subject of a book? On the surface, this short-lived African American Virginian seems an unlikely candidate for immortality. In truth, we all owe Ms. Lacks a great debt and some of us owe her our lives. As Rebecca Skloot tells us in this riveting human story, Henrietta was the involuntary donor of cells from her cancerous tumors that have been cultured to create an immortal cell line for medical research. These so-called HeLa cells have not only generated billions of dollars for the medical industry; they have helped uncover secrets of cancers, viruses, fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping. A vivid, exciting story; a 2010 Discover Great New Books finalist; a surprise bestseller in hardcover. Now in paperback and NOOKbook.
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. _A Short History of Nearly Everything_ is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization -- how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, revealing the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
Richard Dawkins - The Selfish Gene
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, _The Selfish Gene_ has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.
Carl Sagan - Broca's Brain
Carl Sagan, writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots, extraterrestrial life and its consquences, and other provocative, fascinating quandries of the future that we want to see today.
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark Hunter: An Insider's Guide
Dark-Hunter: An Insider’s Guide is a compilation of 5 short stories from the Dark Hunter Series: The Promise, Where Angels Fear To Tread, Dark Hunter Christmas, Second Chances, and Fear of Darkness. Kenyon gives her fans the insider's description of these stories, which fill in crucial pieces missing from the Dark Hunter series. Get an insight into Ash and his feelings of regret, Nick's need for revenge over his mother's death, and the importance of family when one has lost everything. A necessity for any true Dark Hunter fan!
Randall Munroe - What If?
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
Sherry Seethaler - Curious Folks Ask 2
Why do lizards do pushups? What will happen if the Earth's magnetic field reverses? How does water get from the roots to the tops of trees? Why and how do stars die? Is there really such a thing as the green flash? In Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Answers about Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, gifted science explainer Sherry Seethaler presents 188 of the most fascinating new questions real people have asked about science-together with answers that are clear, accurate, honest, and a pleasure to read. Like her previous book, Curious Folks Ask, the Q&As in this book are collected from Seethaler's popular weekly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. From the Earth's strangest lifeforms to the deepest reaches of the universe. Seethaler introduces exciting areas of research, cuts through myths, offers real insight into what science has learned-and reveals the continuing mysteries scientists are still working to understand. Written in Seethaler's trademark style, Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Answers about Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond presents sophisticated science in a lighthearted, amusing way. Seethaler's answers will help rekindle the wonder of science in readers of all ages and backgrounds - and help them intelligently interpret the latest news about science and medicine for years to come.
Shing-Tung Yau - Steve Nadis - The Shape of Inner Space
String theory says we live in a ten-dimensional universe, but that only four are accessible to our everyday senses. According to theorists, the missing six are curled up in bizarre structures known as Calabi-Yau manifolds. In The Shape of Inner Space, Shing-Tung Yau, the man who mathematically proved that these manifolds exist, argues that not only is geometry fundamental to string theory, it is also fundamental to the very nature of our universe. Time and again, where Yau has gone, physics has followed. Now for the first time, readers will follow Yau’s penetrating thinking on where we’ve been, and where mathematics will take us next. A fascinating exploration of a world we are only just beginning to grasp, The Shape of Inner Space will change the way we consider the universe on both its grandest and smallest scales.
Eleanor Clymer - Search for a Living Fossil
The sudden appearance of a living dinosaur could hardly have surprised scientists more that the strange "fish with legs" that was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938. Thought to be extinct for thirty million years, this living coelacanth started a South African ichthyologist, Dr. J.L.B. Smith, on a fourteen year search as exciting as any detective story.
John E. Hopcroft - Rajeev Motwani - Jeffrey D. Ullman - Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation
It has been more than 30 years since John Hopcroft and Jeffrey Ullman first published this classic book on formal languages, automata theory and computational complexity. With this long-awaited revision, the authors continue to present the material in a concise and straightforward manner, now with an eye out for the practical applications along with the mathematics. This edition has been revised to make it more accessible to today's students, including the addition of more material on writing proofs, more figures and pictures to convey ideas, sidebars to highlight related material, and a less formal writing style. It includes many new exercises in each chapter to help readers confirm and enhance their understanding of the material.
James Trefil - 101 Things You Don't Know About Science
James Trefil takes the reader on a thrilling tour across the borders of current scientific knowledge-from astronomy to genetics, from information technology to cosmology, the great contested questions that preoccupy researchers today and will become headlines tomorrow. In elegant, witty three-page summations, Dr. Trefil "makes sense of science for the rest of us" (Washington Post).
Sophie D. Coe - Michael D. Coe - The True History of Chocolate
Cultivated by slaves, consumed by the elite, paid out as a tribute to conquerors, this tale of one of the world's favourite foods draws upon botany, archaeology, socio-economics and culinary history to provide a complete history of chocolate, beginning 3000 years ago in the jungles of Mexico. The book also includes quotations and old recipes.
Greg Egan - Permutation City
The good news is that you have just awakened into Eternal Life. You are going to live forever. Immortality is a reality. A medical miracle? Not exactly. The bad news is that you are a scrap of electronic code. The world you see around you, the you that is seeing it, has been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reality program. You are a Copy that knows it is a copy. The good news is that there is a way out. By law, every Copy has the option of terminating itself, and waking up to normal flesh-and-blood life again. The bail-out is on the utilities menu. You pull it down... The bad news is that it doesn't work. Someone has blocked the bail-out option. And you know who did it. You did. The other you. The real you. The one that wants to keep you here forever.
Karen Connelly - Burmese Lessons
When Karen Connelly first goes to Burma in 1996 to gather information for a series of articles about political prisoners, she discovers a place of unexpected beauty and generosity. She also encounters a country ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that imposes a code of censorship and terror. Carefully seeking out the regimes critics, she witnesses mass demonstrations, attends protests, interviews detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and flees from the riot police herself. When it gets too risky to stay, Connelly flies back to Thailand, but she cannot leave Burma behind. Her interest in the political turns more poersonal on the Thai-Burmese border, where she falls in love with Maung, the handsome and charismatic leader of one of the Burmas many resistance groups. After visiting Maungs military camp in the jungle, she faces an agonizing decision: Maung wants to marry Connelly and have a family with her, but if she marries him, she also weds his world and his lifelong cause. Struggling to weigh the idealism of her convictions against the harsh realities of life on the border, Connelly transports the reader into a world as dangerous as it is enchanting. In prose layered with passion, regret, sensuality and wry humour, Burmese Lessons, a love story tells the captivating story of how one woman came to love a wounded, beautiful country as well as a gifted man who has given his life to the struggle for political change.
Mark Ronan - Symmetry and the Monster
Chronicles the history of a mathematical quest that began two hundred years ago in revolutionary France, led to the biggest collaboration ever between mathematicians around the world, and revealed the "Monster" of symmetry--a giant snowflake that exists in 196,884 dimensions.
Ismeretlen szerző - Quadrivium
Composed of six previously published works.
Jack Horner - James Gorman - How to Build a Dinosaur
A world-renowned paleontologist takes readers all over the globe to reveal a new science that trumps science fiction: how humans can re-create a dinosaur. In movies, in novels, in comic strips, and on television, we’ve all seen dinosaurs—or at least somebody’s educated guess of what they would look like. But what if it were possible to build, or grow, a real dinosaur, without finding ancient DNA? Jack Horner, the scientist who advised Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, and a pioneer in bringing paleontology into the twenty-first century, teams up with the editor of The New York Times,/I>’s Science Times section to reveal exactly what’s in store. In the 1980s, Horner began using CAT scans to look inside fossilized dinosaur eggs, and he and his colleagues have been delving deeper ever since. At North Carolina State University, Mary Schweitzer has extracted fossil molecules—proteins that survived 68 million years—from a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil excavated by Horner. These proteins show that T. rex and the modern chicken are kissing cousins. At McGill University, Hans Larsson is manipulating a chicken embryo to awaken the dinosaur within: starting by growing a tail and eventually prompting it to grow the forelimbs of a dinosaur. All of this is happening without changing a single gene. This incredible research is leading to discoveries and applications so profound they’re scary in the power they confer on humanity. How to Build a Dinosaur is a tour of the hot rocky deserts and air-conditioned laboratories at the forefront of this scientific revolution.
László Máté - Hilbert Space Methods in Science and Engineering
This volume aims to present Hilbert space theory as an accessible language for applied mathematicians, engineers and scientists. A knowledge of linear algebra and analysis is assumed. The construction of mathematical models using Hilbert space theory is illustrated with problems and results are evaluated. For the first time, mathematical models based on reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces and causal operators are explained at an introductory level.
Burkard Polster - Gerard Cheshire - Matt Tweed - Matthew Watkins - Moff Betts - Sciencia
From basic mathematical and physical formulas that govern much of our world to the components of matter; from the structure of the cosmos to that of the human body-the discoveries of scientists over the last millennium have been remarkable. Sciencia gathers together "Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae," " Q.E.D," "Essential Elements," "Evolution," "The Human Body," and "The Compact Cosmos," six elegant and insightful short volumes spanning the realms of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, evolution, and astronomy, offering invaluable information to today's readers. Lavishly illustrated with engravings, woodcuts, and original drawings and diagrams, "Sciencia" will inspire readers of all ages to take an interest in the interconnected knowledge of the modern sciences. Beautifully produced in thirteen different colors of ink, "Sciencia" is an essential reference and an elegant gift.
Glenn Greenwald - No Place to Hide
In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures. Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for _The Guardian_, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself. Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens—and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, _No Place to Hide_ is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.